On September 12, 2016, Shawn became the Assistant City Manager for the City of Lakeland. Previously, Shawn was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Auburndale for 4 years and also served as their Community Development Director for 6 years.
Prior to working for the City of Auburndale, Shawn was a Residential Appraisal Supervisor for the Polk County Property Appraiser’s Office for over 11 years. He served in the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Shawn has an A.A. degree in Public Administration from Polk State College, a B.A. in Management from Warner University, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of South Florida.
Shawn is a resident of Lakeland and is a graduate of Leadership Polk Class IV. He is also a member of the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). In 2013, he was awarded the FCCMA B. Harold Farmer Scholarship and served as President of the ICMA Student Chapter at the University of South Florida in 2014, a student organization he co-founded. He currently serves as the student chapter mentor.