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Pollution Hotline

(863) 834-3300

Laurie Smith
Environmental Specialist
(863) 834-6276

Cole Edwards
Engineering Technician
(863) 834-3307

Sandra George
Lakes Management Specialist
(863) 834-3328

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

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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

Curtis Porterfield graduated from USF with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. He worked for FDEP for several years post-graduation and with Polk County Natural Resources for several years after that. He currently manages the Lakes and Stormwater Program for the City of Lakeland. Curtis specializes in lakes management, storm sewer infrastructure management, and freshwater law and policy.


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.  


Sandra George 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.


Laurie Smith is the Senior Environmental Specialist 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. 




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.