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Four Finalists Named for Assistant City Manager Position

UPDATE (February 4, 2019) | Jorge Salinas and James Mallon have recused themselves from the Assistant City Manager candidate list.

LAKELAND, FL (January 30, 2019) | The City of Lakeland is getting closer to hiring a new Assistant City Manager.  The process is now down to the final four candidates after long hours of reviewing resumes, performing background checks and conducting telephone interviews.  The four finalists include: Emily Colon, Ocea Lattimore, James Mallon, and Jorge Salinas. Next week all four candidates will be interviewed by a panel put together by City Manager, Tony Delgado. 

Delgado said, “It’s very important that we not only get the best and brightest for this position but we also get a person that is the right fit.  I believe the process that we have in place will help us accomplish our objectives and place the right person in the job.” 

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. Delgado said, “We will be evaluating candidates for their experience but it is very important that they have an understanding of our organization’s customer focused philosophy and they have a commitment to be engaged with our community on all levels. Our new Assistant City Manager will work closely with the City Manager’s Office and our City Departments as we continue to build a vibrant, innovative, culturally inclusive, world-class community.”

Candidates at a Glance

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.

James Mallon was most recently the Government Relations Manager for Crown Castle, America's largest provider of shared communications infrastructure with more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 60,000 route miles of fiber. Before that he was the City Administrator for Ocean City, New Jersey for four years (2014-2018). In his resume, he states, “As City Administrator I was directly responsible for the day to day operations of the City’s year-round residents and 150,000 seasonal guests. I had oversight of $79 million budget, policy development and implementation of services.” His duties included City Council relations and agenda development, union negotiations, media and guest relations, human resource management, recruitment and team development. As City Administrator he maintained relationships with Federal, State and neighboring municipal officials and community groups.

Jorge Salinas is currently the Deputy City Manager for Albany, Oregon. He has been in that position since May 2015.  In his letter of introduction, he states, “Excellent services are directly linked to our ability to understand and manage the expectations of our customers and stakeholders. As a successful Deputy City Manager/CIO for the City of Albany, Oregon, I have fostered strong and enduring organizational relationships and implemented innovative technical solutions that have enabled the organization to deliver excellent services to our community.” Over the past 25 years he has contributed to the growth and success of multiple organizations within the private and public sector. His strengths include project management, strategic planning, team building, employee mentoring, budget preparation, quality management, contract negotiation and resource utilization.


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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