Assistant City Manager Search Narrows to Two

Lakeland’s next assistant city manager will be a woman who currently works in the Tampa Bay area and has spent her professional career in Central Florida. That profile fits both remaining candidates after the other two finalists dropped out of consideration today.

Whether City Manager Tony Delgado selects Emily Colon or Ocea Lattimore, she will be the second woman to hold the position. Barbara Lipscomb was assistant city manager and then deputy manager between 1986 and 2004; she recently retired as city manager of Greenville, N.C.

Both finalists are scheduled to come to City Hall for interviews on Wednesday. Their day starts with a 7:30 a.m. public reception in the City Hall lobby.

City officials said today that finalists James Mallon and Jorge Salinas withdrew from consideration.

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.