Two Finalists Withdraw as Applicants for Assistant City Manager Position
LAKELAND, FL (February 4, 2019) | The decision to hire a new Assistant City Manager just got a little bit easier. Two of the final four candidates have recused themselves from the interview process. James Mallon just informed the City of Lakeland that he is withdrawing his application because of family issues in New Jersey that require his immediate attention. Mallon was most recently the Government Relations Manager for Crown Castle and past City Administrator for Ocean City, New Jersey. Jorge Salinas also informed the City that he too is withdrawing his name for consideration as the new Assistant City Manager. He stated, “After further reflection over the weekend, I respectfully request to remain off the candidate list for the Assistant City Manager position.” Salinas is currently the Deputy City Manager for Albany, Oregon.
This leaves two candidates vying for the position as the next Assistant City Manager for the City of Lakeland. Emily Colon, Program Administrator with the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners and Ocea Lattimore, Director of Logistics and Asset Management for the City of Tampa are slated to take part in panel interviews Wednesday, February 6th.
The interview panel includes: City Manager Tony Delgado, Deputy City Manager Shawn Sherrouse, City Attorney Tim McCausland, Finance Director Mike Brossart, HR Director Mark Farrington, Director of Water Utilities Bill Anderson and Director of Community & Economic Development Nicole Travis.
Emily Colon is currently employed as a Program Administrator with the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. She has been in that position since March 2017. In her letter of introduction, she states, “Throughout my time in Pasco County I have been tapped to play many different roles. As Program Administrator I am charged to increase personnel and organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and performance in the Internal Services Branch by working closely with the Assistant County Administrator. Within the Office of Management and Budget I strived to make innovative changes procedurally and culturally through collaborative leadership, persistence, and effort. As the Budget Manager I brought stability and transparency to an almost $1.4 billion net budget.” Her broad experiences at Pasco County includes responsibilities in Fleet Management, Utilities and Internal Services.
Ocea Lattimore is currently employed as the Director of Logistics and Asset Management by the City of Tampa. She has been in that position since August 2014. In her letter of introduction, she states, “I report directly to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff. I provide visionary leadership to the Parking, Fleet Maintenance and Facility Management Divisions, maintain a $50 million operating budget and oversee a $32 million capital improvement budget. In 2014, the Mayor created the Department of Logistics and Asset Management with the strategic mission of centralizing all of the City’s assets into one support area. As the first appointee, I work directly with internal and external customers by forging successful partnerships.” The City of Tampa has experienced an improvement in operational goals in the areas of maintenance, cost savings and safety while Lattimore has been in her position.
The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of 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 hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.
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