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Brad Johnson Named New Assistant City Manager for Lakeland


LAKELAND, FL (March 12, 2012) -- The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce Brad Johnson as the Assistant City Manager.  Johnson most recently served as the Budget Administrator for the City of Palm Bay, Florida. 

Johnson started his local government career in 2006 at Palm Bay where he worked for four years as a Management Analyst.  During his tenure as Management Analyst he worked with Palm Bay’s public safety, utilities and City Manager’s office assisting in projects such as the Fire Department’s accreditation process, the City’s performance management system and the implementation of Palm Bay’s annual budget.


In 2010, he was hired as the Assistant to the City Manager/Public Works Director for the City of Holly Hill, Florida.  While at Holly Hill, he managed the daily operations of the Public Works Department and assisted the City Manager with the coordination of Economic Development, Planning and the development of the City’s annual budget.


Johnson returned to the City of Palm Bay in 2011 as Budget Administrator where his duties included overseeing the daily operations of the City’s Budget Office.  He developed and implemented Palm Bay’s $140 million annual operating and capital budgets that involved 10 departments and over 40 funds.


Johnson said, “I am grateful for this very exciting opportunity within an extremely dynamic organization and I am looking forward to being an integral part of the team.”  He added, “My first task is to meet the staff to better understand Lakeland’s many services and to better learn the community’s needs. I am very excited and I look forward to my family and I becoming part of the Lakeland Community.”


City Manager, Doug Thomas said, “We conducted a national search that delivered a group of highly qualified applicants. After a very thorough process that included panel interviews, one-on-one interviews and community tours; we believe that Brad will enhance our operation as we prepare for the future.”  He added, “We know that his previous experience in performance management, strategic planning and his financial knowledge of municipal operations will be a great fit for our team. Brad has a tremendous passion for local government and his experience in a comparable well managed Florida community (Palm Bay) will also enable him to hit the ground running.”


Johnson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in 2002 and he earned his Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri in 2007.  He is very active in community service.  He has served as a United Way of Brevard Campaign Cabinet Member, Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition Volunteer Member and he has served on the event planning committees for Relay for Life as well as Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida. Brad and his wife Shira, a non-profit administrator, have a 4 1/2 month old daughter.


Johnson will be paid an annual salary of $90,000 as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Lakeland.   He is scheduled to start March 29, 2012.

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