Assistant City Manager Search Narrows to Four

On a day when City Manager Tony Delgado announced he was promoting from within to fill the position of police chief, he revealed the names of four finalists — all from outside of Lakeland — for the No. 3 position in city administration: assistant city manager.

Two work for Tampa Bay-area governments, one is a former city manager and telecommunications lobbyist in New Jersey, and one is a deputy city manager in Oregon.

Three candidates will be in Lakeland for interviews next Wednesday and will meet the public at a 7:30 a.m reception in the City Hall lobby, Delgado told city commissioners this morning. The other candidate has a conflict — his son is graduating from boot camp — and will be here a week later, Delgado said.

Interviewing the finalists are 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.

The assistant city manager reports to Delgado and oversees various city departments and assists the deputy city manager in labor negotiations. The pay range is $80,900 to $150,000. Sherrouse, who held the position before being promoted to deputy city manager, was paid $115,000 his first year on the job.

The finalists:

Emily Colon has been a program manager for Pasco County’s office of management and budget since March 2017. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida, where she was an admissions recruiter and counselor from 2011 to 2014. She has two degrees from USF: a 2010 bachelor’s in international business and a 2014 master’s of public administration.

Ocea Lattimore has been the City of Tampa’s Director of Logistics and Asset Management since 2014, reporting to the mayor’s chief of staff. The department oversees building operation and maintenance and the city’s vehicle fleet. Perviously she was Wastewater Department operations manager for nearly eight years. She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and a 2014 master’s in public administration from Troy University.

James Mallon has recently been government relations director for Crown Castle, a cell tower and communications infrastructure company, and before the equivalent of city manager in Ocean City, N.J. from 2014 to 2018. He has a bachelor’s degree in law and justice from Rowan University and a masters of public administration from Rutgers.

Jorge Salinas has been deputy city manager and chief information officer of Albany, Ore., since May 2015 after serving as IT manager there for nearly nine year. Before that, he worked for Hewlett Packard in Puerto Rico and Oregon for nearly 11 years. He has a 1994 bachelor’s in computer science from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and a 2012 Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University.