Lakeland, FL (pop. 110,000) The City of Lakeland is seeking a highly collaborative, progressive, innovative leader to serve as its next City Manager. Lakeland is a growing, complex, full-service city encompassing 75 square miles and strategically located between Tampa and Orlando along the I-4 corridor. The City is a racially and culturally diverse city that offers a small-town sense of community with big city amenities, a wide variety of recreational opportunities and a charming, thriving downtown. Lakeland has received national recognition as a Playful City USA Community, ranked sixth in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 list of Safest Places to Live in the U.S., and designation as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community, and Bronze Level Walk Friendly Community.
Lakeland is one of the fastest growing cities in Florida and since 1935 has been the Spring Training Home to the Detroit Tigers’ Baseball Team. The City is the headquarters for Publix Super Markets and home to five universities including Florida Polytechnic University which is the only Florida college or university focused solely on STEM education. The City operates Lakeland Linder International Airport, the Lakeland Electric Utility, an extensive library system, convention center, water and wastewater utilities and a full array of municipal services for its residents and businesses. The wide variety of parks and recreation investments include a 27 hole recently renovated community golf course as well. COVID-19 has impacted Lakeland’s businesses and non-profit organizations, and the City’s residents are working diligently to support them.
The next City Manager must possess a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, urban planning or related field. A Master’s Degree in a relevant field is preferred. The starting salary range is $196,000-$215,000 +/- DOQ. Residency in the City of Lakeland is required within a reasonable time period. Apply by September 4, 2020 to www.GovHRjobs.com to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-902-4110. The City of Lakeland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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