LAKELAND, FL (August 13, 2015) - The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce Bob Conner as Water Utilities Director effective immediately. Conner has been serving as interim Director since December 2014. He started with the City of Lakeland as Assistant Director of Waste Water in September 1996.
City Manager Doug Thomas said, “Bob has done an excellent job as Interim Director of Water Utilities and throughout his lengthy career with the City of Lakeland. He also played a leadership role in the nationally recognized 30-year public-private agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and the Tampa Electric Company (TECO) to provide reclaimed water from the City’s wetlands to the Polk Power Station. The agreement has been heralded as an innovative “win-win” project that provided TECO an alternative water supply for their Polk Power Station and it eliminates future City costs and permitting requirements for our wetlands.” He added, “The project also secured a new water use permit from SWFWMD to help meet the future water supply needs of our growing community.”
Conner said, “Lakeland now perhaps more than ever, needs long-term planning to secure the resources that form the base for our continued prosperity. Planning for 50 years is not a bad thing. The City is still reaping the benefits of sound decisions made about utilities in the 1960’s and as Water Utilities Director, I plan to continue that legacy.”
Conner holds a Masters of Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida and an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of West Florida. As Director of Water Utilities, Conner will be paid an annual salary of $149,739 and directly oversee a $64,870,000 budget in a service territory that covers 132 square miles.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to be come on 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 our away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal location along the I-4 corridor. To learn more about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.