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STATEMENT FROM LAKELAND CITY MANAGER DOUG THOMAS
LAKELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

I have just received the results of the non-binding votes regarding confidence in Chief Lisa Womack by unionized sworn and non-union civilian personnel in the Lakeland Police Department. 

It is important to note that the Chief of Police is not an elected position and the outcome of the voting does not result in her removal from her position as Chief of Police. However, the results of the vote are concerning because it represent the current pulse of both sworn and non-sworn Departmental personnel. 

I plan to meet with the leadership of the various employee groups at the Lakeland Police Department to discuss their feelings and concerns to better understand the particular issues that impacted their individual voting, especially among non-unionized civilian personnel.  I will also be meeting with Chief Womack to discuss her perspectives of tonight’s outcome and how she and the administration at the Lakeland Police Department can best address the concerns regarding the Department. 

The City will also gain further insight on particular issues that may have influenced tonight’s outcome from the employee survey process that is scheduled to be administered in the first quarter of 2014. These steps will help us further evaluate the direction the Department as we continue to work toward addressing employee and public concerns that LPD has faced over the past year. The Lakeland Police Department has a very dedicated staff and we appreciate their hard work and commitment to this community.

 


POST ELECTION AUDIT NOTICE

 

 

Notice is hereby given that the City of Lakeland Canvassing Board will convene on the following dates:


November 8, 2013, in the City Commission Conference Room at Lakeland City Hall, 228 S Massachusetts Av, Lakeland at 8:30 a.m. to select a race and precinct for the Post Election Audit.


November 12, 2013, in Bartow at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 250 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow FL at 3 p.m. to conduct the Post Election Audit.

 

Anyone deciding to appeal a decision by the Canvassing Board on the above subject matter at these meetings will need a record of the proceedings and for purposes of that appeal, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be made. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the City Manager’s Office no later than two (2) days prior to the proceeding at (863) 834-6006, for assistance. The City Manager’s office is located in City Hall, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801-5086. If HEARING impaired, please contact TDD (TDD-Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) at Local - (863) 834-8333 – or 1-800-955-8771. If VOICE impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8770, for assistance.

City ClerkKelly S. Koos, MMC

863-834-6210

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information Contact:

Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections

534-5888

Track City Election Results Online

POLK COUNTY, FL (November 1, 2013) – Voters in Auburndale*, Lakeland, and Winter Haven who would like to follow election night results for the November 5th Municipal Elections can do so on the elections office website, polkelections.com.

 

Citizens that would like up-to-the-minute election results will find our website converted to an election night scoreboard,” said Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections in Polk County.  “We believe this is one more way that we can enhance the voting experience.”

 

Results can be found at polkelections.com after the polls have closed and will remain on the elections office home page for several days following the election.

 

*Note: Auburndale’s Absentee results will be provided by the City Clerk and posted on the Elections Office website as available.

 

 

For more information visit polkelections.com or call the elections office at 534-5888.

 


OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For More Information Contact:

Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections

534-5888

 

Election Day Tips for Hassle-Free Voting

 

 

POLK COUNTY, FL (October 30, 2013) – Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections, has some helpful Election Day tips for Polk County voters.

 

Our goal is to make the process of voting smooth and these tips can help to accomplish that,” said Ms. Edwards.

 

·         Bring photo and signature ID to the polls when you vote.

·         Remember that the polls are open from 7:00am until 7:00pm on Election Day.

·         You may take a sample ballot into the polling room on Election Day.

·         If you have moved please notify the Elections Office before Election Day.

·         Double check your polling location, some may have changed for this election.

 

For more information visit polkelections.com or call the elections office at 534-5888.