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LAKELAND, FL (April 13, 2016) — The City of Lakeland is

pleased to announce Christopher Heath Frederick as the newly appointed Director of Public Works. Frederick succeeds Rick Lilyquist who retired from the City of Lakeland early November 2015 after serving 17 years in the position. 


City Manager Tony Delgado said, “We are very glad to have Heath join our City of Lakeland Team.  He has been the Public Works Director with the City of Deland for the past six years.”  He added, “The City conducted a national search and the selection team was very pleased with the quality of the pool of applicants.  A selection committee that included several City of Lakeland senior staff in addition to key members from the community all came to the same conclusion that Heath is the right fit to continue moving the City’s Public Works Department into the future. Heath is coming into a nationally accredited Public Works organization that has an incredible amount of talent and we believe his vision and philosophy is a strong match going forward.”


Frederick has over 15 years of experience in public works and construction management.  He began his career as a quality control manager overseeing construction projects in 1999.  He then worked for Orange County as an Engineer Inspector II before becoming the Public Works Director the for the City of Tavares where he served for five years before becoming the Traffic Operations Manger for the City of Medford, Oregon.  He was named the Director of Public Works for the City of Deland in 2010.  


Frederick said, “I am extremely excited to be joining such a visionary and professional team at the City of Lakeland as Director of Public Works. I am looking forward to becoming actively involved in the community and continueing the high level of customer service and vision that the Public Works team demonstrates daily.”


Frederick has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University.  When not working, Frederick enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching his children play sports.  He has a goal of running a half marathon in every state and he has completed 10 so far with another race scheduled in Nashville at the end of the month.  Frederick also hikes a section of the Appalachian Trail every year.  Frederick said, “I am thankful to have been blessed with three children who are my world, a daughter who is 13 and twin 11-year-old sons.”


Frederick will officially start on May 9, 2016 and will be paid an annual salary of $121,288.44.

Joseph Baan, P.E., is pleased to announce that Josue Diaz, P.E. will be serving as the Professional Engineer in the City of Lakeland Public Works Department’s Engineering Division. Josue’s duties will include supervising the Design & Permitting Section in the Engineering Division.

Josue has been working in the civil engineering field for over 13 years in both Florida and Puerto Rico. For the past ten years he worked in the Bartow office of AECOM (formerly URS), a multi-national private consulting organization, designing roadway and drainage projects for Polk County, FDOT, and other local clients.

As a resident of Lakeland for almost ten years, Josue is very excited to be part of the City of Lakeland staff, and eager to contribute to the City’s vision of a superior quality of life for all its Citizens. He is optimistic that his skills and experience will supplement an already talented team of engineers and professionals in the city.

Josue holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida and in Puerto Rico.


LAKELAND, FL (August 13, 2015) – Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works, is pleased to announce that Angelo Rao, P.E., will serve as the City of Lakeland’s next Manager of Traffic Operations. Prior to beginning work with the City of Lakeland, Rao was employed by BCC Engineering, Inc., serving as the Director of Local Government Services. Rao has over 35 years’ experience providing planning, design and project management in the transportation services arena with emphasis on traffic calming, complete streets, livable communities, and bicycle/pedestrian safety enhancements. For more than 23 years of his professional career, he has been employed in the public service sector as an employee of various government organizations.

Lilyquist commented, “Angelo brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge in the transportation field, and more specifically an area which the Lakeland City Commission has elected to place a heightened importance on – making Lakeland a more bike-friendly/walkable community.”

Rao said “I am looking forward to being part of the City of Lakeland, Public Works Management team”.  He added, “I am particularly eager to work with citizens on transportation issues to help enhance the quality of life that the residents of Lakeland already enjoy.”

He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. His annual salary as the Manager of Traffic Operations will be $94,494.




Public Meeting Notice for Proposed Seawall at Lake Hollingsworth

The City of Lakeland will conduct a Public Meeting to receive citizens’ comments on a proposed seawall installation at Lake Hollingsworth. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Room A, located at 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland 33801.

The proposed location of the seawall is immediately adjacent to the public boat ramp on Lake Hollingsworth and will extend westward to the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club and eastward to the public concrete dock. The intent of the project is to stabilize the shoreline area adjacent to the boat ramp and prevent further erosion of the lake’s banks.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in an open-house format, where City staff and representatives from the project team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting. The public meeting is being conducted to present the enhancement alternatives and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Curtis Porterfield at at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

Project-related information may also be obtained by calling (863) 834-8439, or by following the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at .