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 www.lakelandgov.net.
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