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In a budget workshop following the City Commission meeting, Tony Delgado was named Interim City Manager by the Lakeland City Commission as the current City Manager Doug Thomas prepares to leave the organization to pursue a new opportunity.  Thomas announced his resignation on Thursday, August 13th at the conclusion of a late afternoon budget meeting. Thomas stated in a prepared memo to the City Commission that his last day with the City of Lakeland is September 13th. Delgado will take over as Interim effective immediately after Thomas leaves the City of Lakeland.

Mayor Howard Wiggs said, “Tony has my full support to manage our City. He has be been a very capable and effective Deputy City Manager and he’s demonstrated an excellent ability to make decisions based on prioritization.”  He added, “Tony is trusted by the Commission, the employees, the unions, the business community and everyday citizens.”

Delgado said, “I’m truly humbled and honored to be considered as Interim City Manager. I thank the City Commission in having faith in my ability to manage this organization and I’m excited to focus my attention into moving the City of Lakeland forward.”  He added, “We have a great organization with devoted employees and we have an established roadmap in place as we continue to focus on what we do best during this transition period.”

Delgado has served the City of Lakeland for 19 years. He was first hired by the City of Lakeland as Assistant Director of The Lakeland Center in 1997.  In 2001, he was promoted to Assistant City Manager and in 2004 he was promoted to Deputy City Manager.  As Deputy City Manger, Delgado has been instrumental in negotiations with the labor bargaining units and he has been involved in management decisions with all Departments during his tenure.

Delgado is 54 years old. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Southern Illinois University. Delgado is a Certified Public Manager from Florida State University.  He currently serves the community as a board member for Lakeland Vision, Polk Vision and The Polk Museum of Art. Delgado is married to his wife Robin. 



LAKELAND, FL (July 20, 2015) - The City of Lakeland will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at 6 p.m. so citizens can learn more about municipal governance models including strong mayor and city manager forms of government. Mike McGrath, Chief Information Officer with the National Civic League will give a nonpartisan overview of the various local government models. The meeting will be held in the City Commission Chambers located on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue. 

Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Brandeis and other leading municipal reformers founded the National Civic League in the late nineteenth century; the league has been instrumental in efforts to make local governments more open, accountable and effective.  Mayor Howard Wiggs said, “We have a great deal of discussion taking place in our community about various governance models and this is an excellent opportunity for our citizens to hear about the issue so they can be informed and engaged in the process.”

The National Civic League is a 120-year old nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Denver, Colorado.  The League focuses on public participation and civic action. It depends on groups and individuals across the country that promote community engagement and problem solving approaches to build better governments.

As chief communications officer at the National Civic League, Mike McGrath heads the organization’s publication program, edits the 102-year-old National Civic Review and other NCL publications. He recently served as research and writer for the Fiscal Sustainability Case Investigations Project, a joint effort of NCL and the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy.  He has a master’s degree in journalism is from the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.



I have just received the results of the non-binding votes regarding confidence in Chief Lisa Womack by unionized sworn and non-union civilian personnel in the Lakeland Police Department. 

It is important to note that the Chief of Police is not an elected position and the outcome of the voting does not result in her removal from her position as Chief of Police. However, the results of the vote are concerning because it represent the current pulse of both sworn and non-sworn Departmental personnel. 

I plan to meet with the leadership of the various employee groups at the Lakeland Police Department to discuss their feelings and concerns to better understand the particular issues that impacted their individual voting, especially among non-unionized civilian personnel.  I will also be meeting with Chief Womack to discuss her perspectives of tonight’s outcome and how she and the administration at the Lakeland Police Department can best address the concerns regarding the Department. 

The City will also gain further insight on particular issues that may have influenced tonight’s outcome from the employee survey process that is scheduled to be administered in the first quarter of 2014. These steps will help us further evaluate the direction the Department as we continue to work toward addressing employee and public concerns that LPD has faced over the past year. The Lakeland Police Department has a very dedicated staff and we appreciate their hard work and commitment to this community.