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The City of Lakeland's Parks and Recreation Department is getting a new stock trailer for our nursery’s annual flower bed route and we want YOUR help! Comment below, send us a private message, or email to officially submit your ideas for our trailer's new slogan.


Deadline: Must be submitted by Friday, September 2nd, 2016.


Rules: Keep it short & sweet (& tasteful) and related to flowers in some way.


The winner will be chosen by our Communications team and will receive a #IAMLAKELAND t-shirt!

Contractors working for the City of Lakeland will begin Milling Central Avenue from Olive Street south to W Highland Street on August 29th, 2016.  Following milling contractors will be adding new asphalt to roadway. 

Also, the section of W Highland Street from Pinewood Avenue to Central Avenue will also be milled and resurfaced.  Delays are expected; however, roadways will remain open to residents. 

Work is expected to take one week to complete weather permitting.

For questions, please contact Troy McCain at (863) 860-5846.

LAKELAND, FL (August 17, 2016) -- The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce Michael “Shawn” Sherrouse as the newly appointed Assistant City Manager.  Sherrouse has been serving as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Auburndale. He has been with the City of Auburndale since 2006 serving as the Community Development Director for six years and the Assistant to the City Manager for almost four years before taking the position of Assistant City Manager.

Sherrouse has over 20 years of local government experience and he served with the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1997.  He is a Gulf War Veteran having served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait as a Sergeant.  He also managed battalion training exercises for 800 marines and oversaw battalion helicopter support operations. 

After his military career, Sherrouse became a Branch Manager and Residential Appraisal Supervisor for the Polk County Property Appraisers Office.  He worked in that capacity for 11 years from 1995 to 2006 before joining the City of Auburndale.

“I am a native of Lakeland and other than my experience with the Marine Corps, I have lived my entire life in Polk County.  I have a deep sense of pride for Lakeland that has fueled my passion to serve the community,” said Sherrouse. “I am very excited about this opportunity and I look forward to joining the City of Lakeland team.”

City Manager, Tony Delgado said, “We conducted a national search and we were very pleased with the quality of the pool of applicants.  The selection committee narrowed it down to three highly capable candidates and we all came to the conclusion that Shawn is the right person for the job. We were all impressed with his track record and believe his focus on customer service as well as his experience overseeing Human Resources, Project Management and Budget Performance will contribute to the success of the City of Lakeland going forward.”

The selection committee included:

  • Mike Brossart, Finance Director for the City of Lakeland
  • Cory Skeates, President, Greater Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Farrington, HR Director for the City of Lakeland
  • Brad Johnson, Deputy City Manager for the City of Lakeland
  • Tim McCausland, City Attorney for the City of Lakeland
  • Sara Roberts, Former Executive Director Polk Vision
  • Julie Townsend, Director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority
  • Jarvis Kendrick, SVP / West Regional Manager, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

Sherrouse who is 44 years old, graduated from Warner College with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and he is scheduled to receive a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida this fall. He will start as the Assistant City Manager on September 12th and will be paid a yearly salary of $115,000.  

Sherrouse has two teenage sons and he is an avid sports fan following the Detroit Tigers, Florida Gators and all of the Tampa Bay professional teams.  He has been a Tampa Bay Buccaneer season ticket holder for over 20 years.

The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.  To learn more about the City of Lakeland, please visit  



Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264

LAKELAND, FL (August 2, 2016) The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that it has successfully retained two national accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®).  On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Chief Larry Giddens and senior staff accepted the reaccreditations for the department’s overall standards of performance and for their Public Safety Communications operation at the summer conference in Baltimore, Maryland. 

To receive reaccreditation in the CALEA® Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, the Lakeland Police Department had to comply with 484 internationally accepted standards for the operation of police organizations. The Advanced Program is a more rigorous process than the standard Accreditation Program which requires compliance with only 189 standards.  In April, a team of assessors from CALEA examined all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, operations, management and support services to verify they met the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. The process holds the department accountable and sets the bar for excellence among law enforcement agencies. “The reaccreditation of the Lakeland Police Department reaffirms the dedication and professionalism shown everyday by men and women who work to protect and serve the citizens of Lakeland,” said Chief Larry Giddens.   

To receive the reaccreditation for Public Safety Communications, the 911 Emergency Communications team proved compliance with 211 internationally accepted standards. The achievement certifies that the department meets or exceeds benchmarks and professional requirements in critical incidents, special operations including Homeland Security, organization, training, recruitment and operations. 911 Communications Manager Bill LePere said “Any agency can claim their policies and procedures are among the best, but accredited agencies are willing to go through stringent review by outside assessors who evaluate entire operations to ensure adherence to industry best practices.

Both accreditations are valid for four years, at which time the department will again actively participate in a review process for reaccreditation.  For more information on CALEA® accreditation, go to

Media inquiries should be directed to (863) 583-2357.