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Pollution Hotline

(863) 834-3300

Laurie Smith
Manager of Lakes & Stormwater
(863) 834-6276

Jessica Schilling
Senior Environmental Specialist
(863) 834-8439

Cole Edwards, P.E.
Engineering Technician
(863) 834-3307

Sandra Pope
Lakes Management Specialist
(863) 834-3328

Cody O'Gorman
Environmental Technician II
(863) 834-8438

Carlos Sierra Rodriguez
Operations Support Tech 1
(863) 834-8441

Christina Smith
Office Associate 1
(863) 834-3300

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Department of Public Works 

Lakes and Stormwater Division
407 Fairway Ave.
Lakeland, Florida 33801

111th Accredited Agency (APWA)

Meet Our Staff

Laurie Smith is the Manager for the City of Lakeland’s Lakes and Stormwater Division.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from SCSU and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven.   She has extensive experience in environmental regulatory compliance, and is currently responsible for coordinating and administering the City’s Stormwater NPDES permit and other programs that involve improving stormwater management and lake quality.

Sandra Pope has been a resident of Lakeland since 1997. Her educational background includes a degree in Environmental Science Technology from Hillsborough Community College. She completed additional courses at Polk State College. From there, she continued her educational career at the University of South Florida graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy. On the weekends you will find her boating, fishing, kayaking, or mountain bike trail riding. Sandra is currently the Lakes Management Biologist for the City of Lakeland’s Lakes and Stormwater Division.

Cody O’Gorman is a lifelong Lakeland resident.  At the start of his career he was self-employed working in our community designing, installing and maintaining landscape and irrigation for commercial and residential clients.  In addition, he is licensed for commercial aquatic plant management.  Cody has been with the City of Lakeland since 2009, and over the years has become very knowledgeable of the City’s stormwater infrastructure, parks, and roadways.  He lives for being in the outdoors and on the weekends you will find him all around Central Florida on his airboat with friends and family.  He works in our Lakes and Stormwater Division as an Environmental Technician II and is very passionate about his field of work.

Cole Edwards was born and raised from Arcadia, FL and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with his AA in Civil Engineering and also from the University of South Florida with his B.S. in Civil Engineering. He was a registered intern with the State of Florida Board of Professional Engineers, worked for Kennedy, Lynch & Assoc., James Bushouse, Inc. and currently is the Engineering Technician for the City of Lakeland, Lakes and Stormwater Division.