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Lakeland Electric names John McMurray as Assistant General Manager of Energy Delivery.  He has over 26 years of experience with both public and private electric utilities.

McMurray has been serving as the Manager of Engineering Services & System Planning at SECO since 2005.  In his position at SECO, he managed Standards and Compliance, Land Rights and Inspection, System Planning and Distribution Design for the utility in serving their 180,000 members.  Prior to his tenure at SECO, McMurray spent 18 years at Florida Power and Light (4.6 million customers) where he was responsible for coordinating a $140 million dollar annual expansion plan.

Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric said, “John has a history of developing strategies and successfully guiding their implementation.  We were impressed with his experience in planning, budgeting, engineering, operations, renewable generation and Smart Grid systems; giving him a very broad understanding of the electric utility business.” As AGM of Energy Delivery, McMurray will be responsible for all aspects of the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of Lakeland Electric’s transmission, distribution, substation, and lighting facilities.

McMurray said, “I look forward to having the opportunity to work with City Manager Doug Thomas, Lakeland Electric General Manager Joel Ivy and the Lakeland City Commission to promote the utility and ensure Lakeland Electric’s future success.”  He added, “I’m a performance driven leader and I am excited to work with such a knowledgeable and experienced Lakeland Electric staff.

McMurray holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and he is presently pursuing his MBA at St. Leo University.  He served as the 2012 Program Chairman for the Florida Electric Cooperative Engineering Conference and he was recently a conference panel speaker for the Sensus Smart Grid Conference. McMurray will officially start at his new position on March 11, 2013 and he will make $145,000 per year. He is married to his wife, Donna, and they have three children (Sean, Patrick and Jacqueline).

Lakeland Electric is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida.  The utility is also one of the first utilities established in Florida having started operation in 1889.  Today, power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two main power plants, the 941-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 176-megawatt Larsen Power Plant.


Major League Baseball’s Spring Training is just around the corner and the boys are back in town!  Your 2012 American League Champion Detroit Tigers are ready for spring and ready to tee it up with you!

Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing has once again teamed up with the Detroit Tigers and the City of Lakeland to present the 18th Annual Major League Scramble. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, February 21st, at Cleveland Heights Golf Course in Lakeland, Florida.

This unique event offers you a rare opportunity to spend a day on the course with the Tiger legends of yesterday and 2012 ALCS Championship team.  The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit local youth organizations and the Common Ground Park Endowment Fund on behalf of The Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida and the City of Lakeland respectively.     

Join us and your favorite Tigers in celebrating 77 years of Detroit Tiger Spring Training in Lakeland!

Please complete the ENTRY FORM and mail along with payment to the address provided.  You may fax your entry form, but please follow with prompt payment by mail.  Entry fees includes lunch, a goodie bag, awards reception following the tournament, and a tremendous selection of raffle prizes!

If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact our Tournament Director, Brock Witmyer at (863) 834-2379 or Bill Tinsley at (863) 860-2176.   We look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual Major League Scramble. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Okay, let’s make sure we have the date and location down.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at Cleveland Heights Golf Course, 2900 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.  Please find additional facility information by calling (863) 834-2377.

My significant other is not a golfer, but is it okay to bring him/her along?

We will be more than happy to assist you with finding wonderful activities for your spouse/significant other. They are certainly invited to attend the events special activities including the luncheon, and dinner reception following the golf scramble. 

Please call with request of additional guests.

Which celebrity will join my group?

While we cannot guarantee a particular celebrity for your group, you may place a request.  If at all possible we will honor that request provided the celebrity is in attendance and an earlier reservation did not request the same celebrity.

Are there contests on the course?

You bet!  We will have a number of contests out on the course this year, including the traditional putting contest, longest drive and closest to the pin.

How about raffle prizes?

We will have plenty of varied raffle prizes. You won’t be disappointed by the large assortment of prizes available to win.

What is the schedule for the day?

10:30 a.m.      Registration Opens

11:30 a.m.       Lunch

1:00 p.m.         Shotgun start

6:00 p.m.         Reception, awards presentation and raffle ticket drawings


Curtis Porterfield has been named the City of Lakeland’s Manager of Lakes and Stormwater and he will officially start Monday, February 4th.   Porterfield has been serving as a Lakes Biologist for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners since 2007.  Prior to his tenure with Polk County, he worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist for three years.

Porterfield said, “I am eager to apply my years of experience and environmental science education to the Manager of Lakes and Stormwater position.  I am very familiar with the program, overseeing similar duties for Polk County and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Director of Public Works, Rick Lilyquist said, “We had some very talented candidates that applied for this position and we feel that Curtis is the right choice because of his years of experience and associated knowledge of lakes restoration programs, his passion for the environment, and desire to enhance the quality of Lakeland’s surface water resources."

Porterfield graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy.  His annual salary as Manager of Lakes and Stormwater will be $71,905.60 and he is 34 years old.

The Lakes and Stormwater Division is staffed by five environmental scientists and it is housed within the Public Works Department. The division is located at 407 Fairway Avenue. Funding for Lakes and Stormwater related projects comes from the City's Stormwater Utility. The establishment of the Lakes and Stormwater Division has contributed considerably to improving the health and beauty of Lakeland’s water bodies.  For more information regarding the City of Lakeland and its services, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.

 


The City of Lakeland is seeking input from citizens on values and priorities of the community.  There are TWO ways to make sure your voice is heard.  Attend a meeting or participate in an online survey.  Either option allows citizen feedback on City services and programs.

SURVEY

Visit lakelandvalues.com and spend 5-10 minutes of your time in taking the survey.  Citizen opinion is very important and the City is going to use the information gathered from the survey to help with City of Lakeland strategic and budgeting initiatives.  The survey is available online January 23rd – Feb 24th.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

There will be a series of Community Workshops to gather information and opinions on City of Lakeland services.  Workshops are designed for small groups of citizens to discuss community values and priorities.  Those wanting to participate can sign up for a workshop by going to lakelandvalues.com or they can call 834-SWAN.  Community Workshops will be held on the following dates:

·         February 25th at 6 p.m.  -  Kelly Recreation Complex (404 Imperial Blvd.) 

·         February 26th at 6 p.m. - Coleman Bush Building (1104 MLK Jr. Blvd.)

·         February 27th at 12 p.m. -  Magnolia Building (698 E. Orange St.)

·         March 2nd at 9 a.m.  -  Kelly Recreation Complex (childcare available)

Please take the time to participate in a workshop and take the online survey.  Citizen input will help plan for Lakeland’s future.  Those that participate in the Community Values Survey or Workshop are eligible to win a golf package at Cleveland Heights, Tickets to a Lakeland Center event, a VIP Package to a Detroit Tigers Spring Training Game (tickets and food) or Kelly Recreation Complex/Gandy Pool passes. Visit www.lakelandvalues.com or call 834-SWAN for more information.