Emily Colon, a 32-year-old program administrator with Pasco County and adjunct public affairs professor at the University of South Florida, has been named Lakeland’s assistant city manager, City Manager Tony Delgado announced this morning.

Colon, who will be paid $112,000 a year, was one of 365 people who applied for the position (112 of them were deemed qualified) after Shawn Sherrouse was promoted to deputy city manager. The field was narrowed to four at the beginning of the month and two withdrew from from consideration shortly after the finalists were publicly named.

The other finalist was Ocea Lattimore, has been with the City of Tampa for roughly 13 years, most recently as director of logistics and asset management.

In her current role with the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners, Colon has worked closely with facilities management, fiscal services, fleet management, human resources, information technology, office of management & budget and purchasing, according to a city of Lakeland news release.

She starts her new position April 1.

Colon “has established herself as an extremely knowledgeable and customer-focused public servant, honing her skills in both the public and private sector,” Delgado said via the news release.

In addition to her current post of two years, her LinkedIn profile lists these positions with Pasco County:

  • Interim purchasing director for two months last year
  • Budget manager, September 2015 to June 2017
  • Budget analyst, April 2014 to September 2015
  • Acting administrative services manager for fleet management, January to July 2015.

Previous positions listed include:

  • Gubernatorial fellow in the office of the director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, August 2013 to May 2014
  • Admission recruiter/advisor and scholarship coordinator at USF, July 2011 to 2014
  • Constituent services representative for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, May to July 2013
  • City manager intern in New Port Richey, May to August 2012
  • Corporate sales manager for John Q. Hammon Hotels & Resorts, May 2010 to July 2011

Colon has two degrees from USF: a bachelor’s degree in international business in 2010 and a master’s in public administration in 2014.

In late 2017, she was one of two finalists to lead the Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency.

Colon and her husband Rick have two children. She is on the board of the American Society for Public Administration and co-chair of the Fiscal and Administrative Policy Committee for the Florida City and County Management Association.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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