Deputy City Manager | City of Lakeland
Emily Colón joined the City of Lakeland as Assistant City Manager on April 1, 2019 and was later promoted to Deputy City Manager June 2, 2022. Emily was most recently the Program Administrator for the Internal Services Branch Departments for the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. Additionally in Pasco County, she served as their Interim Purchasing Director, Budget Manager, Acting Administrative Services Manager for Fleet Management, and Budget Analyst.
Prior to working for Pasco County, Emily gained experience at the local, state, and federal levels working as a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow, in Constituent Services for a U.S. Senator, and in a City Manager’s office.
Emily earned her Associates degree (AA) from Manatee Community College (now State College of Florida) while playing collegiate volleyball, and holds a Bachelors degree (BA) in International Business and Masters of Public Administration (MPA), both from the University of South Florida.
Emily and her family are in the process of relocating to Lakeland. She serves on the Fiscal and Administrative Policy Committee for the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA) and is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Emily also serves on the Suncoast Chapter Council for the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), is a certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt, an Examiner for the Florida Sterling Council, and an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida’s School of Public Affairs.