One of our City’s major expenses goes to support the workforce that makes our City run. Some 60% of our budget’s general fund ($1.4 million) goes to pay some 113 City employees. Please see above for a breakdown of City employees across departments.
Here is a brief descriptions of what each department does.
Public works is the main engine of the City. It plans, manages and administers service programs designed to promote safe and clean public areas. Services continue to evolve to reflect innovations in industrial and environmental operating procedures. Program directives include providing technical and other educational staff training, to the extent funded in the adopted budget, to develop a skilled labor force.
Youth and Family Services (YFS)
YFS provides management and oversight of department activities, promotes community outreach and enhanced family functioning and advises Mayor & Council on family-related issues. Program responsibilities include: outreach to community leaders to assess community needs and develop strategies to address those needs; conduct assessment and planning meetings with school principals on family issues; conduct training as requested; administer Halloween Thing and Spring Egg Hunt programs, Municipal Government Month activities; staff support for the City’s Education Advisory Committee (EAC), disseminate client surveys to families who have concluded counseling; co-administer the Lakeland STARS tutoring/mentoring program; community outreach and participate in family-related issues at county and state level.
This Planning provides for overall supervision and management of Planning Department activities. This includes secretarial services, travel and training for staff, dues for membership in professional organizations,
The Public Services program directs the operation of Parking Enforcement, Code Enforcement, Animal Control, Recreation, Rent Stabilization, Public Safety, Speed Enforcement and Contract Police in the City in accordance with applicable codes, and City Council policies. In addition, the program coordinates special events such as the July 4th celebration. The Director reviews relevant codes and makes recommendation for changes; and responds to citizen concerns regarding these programs. The Director serves as liaison to public safety agencies.
The finance program provides financial and other services not otherwise included in other Finance programs such as payroll services, accounting and reporting, collections, budget or information technology; also provides overall management of the programs listed. This program responds to ad hoc requests of the City Manager for special projects as required during the fiscal year, ensures regulatory compliance, supervision of procurement and maintains adequate audit and internal controls.
This Administration plans, manages and administers the human resources programs and activities for the City. Programs and activities include recruitment, policies and procedures, position classification, benefits evaluation and administration, employee relations, labor relations and all other personnel activities; also provides counseling and information for all employees in personnel and benefit matters, including interpretation of personnel law, policies and regulations.