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Cherie Matthews Named Interim Director of Retirement Services

LAKELAND, FL (March 7, 2019) The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce Cherie Matthews as Interim Retirement Services Director effective March 9th.  Matthews has served in the Department as the Pension Benefits Specialist since November 2013.  City Manager Tony Delgado said, “Cherie is very familiar with the Department and she has experience working toward the goals, mission and vision of the Pension Board.  She is a natural selection to continue overseeing the Department with the recent announcement that Dana Blydenburgh was leaving Lakeland to work for the City of Tampa.”

The Administrative Services Agreement has the Director of Retirement Services reporting to both the City of Lakeland Pension Board and the City Manager’s Office.  The appointment of Matthews as Interim Retirement Services Director will allow for the proper time and due diligence to be administered so a search for a new director can take place or the interim position can be elevated into a permanent Director position.  Matthews said, “I thank the City of Lakeland for this great opportunity.  I have almost six years of experience working very closely with the various City pension plans and I know the inner-workings of the Department.  I feel confident that I will continue to build on the great foundation that is in place for Retirement Services.”

Matthews will be paid an annual salary of $88,608 as Interim Director of Retirement Services. Before being hired by the City of Lakeland, Matthews worked with 62 pension plans throughout Florida during her 14-year tenure with Morgan Stanley-Graystone Consulting.  She is married to her husband Phillip and they have four grown children.  Matthews has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of South Florida. She is very involved with the USF Alumni Association, UCF Foundation and the Florida Public Pension Trustee Association. 


Kevin Cook
Director of Communications

About Lakeland

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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