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Proposed Modifications to the Lakeland Civil Service Rules - City News Blog:

LAKELAND FL (August 23, 2023) | To: City of Lakeland Employees, The Public and Administration

The Civil Service Board has been asked by the Director to consider for approval; revisions and updates to the Lakeland Civil Service Rules.  These changes, if subsequently approved will represent and result in a significant refresh of grammar and a reformatted document starting with the Table of Contents and sub-headings.

In addition, the Director Civil Services is asking for the following content modifications to address the content sections in order to align with the General Employee Wage Study recommendations presented to the City Commission.  These changes will only be implemented if the City Commission approves the City Managers budgetary request.



  • 19 Noncompetitive Labor Division
    • Recommend Removal: The Labor division including positions requiring unskilled, semi-skilled and special skills personnel wherein no competitive processes are required for placement.
  • 2 Classification and Compensation
    • Pay Grades
    • Pay Bands
  • 4 Allocating Positions
    • Review Committee established by City Manager for new roles
  • 6 Filling Vacancies
    • Minimum Age & Good Standing
  • 8 Definitions of Promotions, Demotions and Lateral Transfers
    • How pay grade level is determined.
  • 9 Temporary Assignments
    • The City has been using an Alternate Rate policy for 10 years or more and this language is no longer relevant.

      City Employees, the Public and the Administration may obtain copies of the proposed modifications by contacting Mark Farrington, Director, Human Resources & Civil Services or Heather Bradman, Deputy City Clerk.


      Contact information: Mark.Farrington@lakelandgov.net                    Heather.Bradman@lakelandgov.net

      Contact Information:

      • Next Steps
      • Post Notice of Revisions on 8/23/2023.
      • Notice of Revisions on 9/7/2023 removed
      • 9/12/2023 Special Civil Service Board Call Meeting
        • Feedback & Comments provided to the Board

9/21/2023 City Commission 2nd Reading of the FY24 Budget & Approval Meeting

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Mark Farrington
Director of Human Resources
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 115 years ago. 

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