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LAKELAND, FL (December 6, 2021) – City Manager Shawn Sherrouse named Brian Rewis as Director of Community & Economic Development during the December 6th City Commission meeting.  Rewis has been serving as Interim Director for the past six-months. Sherrouse said, “Brian has done a fantastic job during the past six-months as Interim Director of the Department.  He has proven his leadership in guiding the Department as we have experienced unprecedented growth and he continues to be an advocate for our customers.  Brian has 18-plus years with the City of Lakeland, and he has worked his way up in the Department. As Director, I have full confidence that he will continue to provide the highest levels of public service.”

The Community and Economic Department is also being restructured to include two distinct divisions. Sherrouse said, “The restructuring will allow us to better serve our customers and provide new opportunities to meet the growing needs of the community.”  The Department will have an Economic Development Division that will be spearheaded by Alis Drumgo who has been serving as Manager for the Community Redevelopment Agency.  His new title will be Assistant Director of Economic Development.  Teresa Maio will oversee Community Development operations as the newly named Assistant Director of Community Development.  She has been serving as the Planning and Housing Manager and has been with the City since 2009.   Sherrouse said, “Teresa will focus on planning, transportation, construction services and housing as Assistant Director of Community Development while Alis will focus on high quality development.  This reclassification will allow the City of Lakeland to continue our very successful redevelopment efforts while also creating new development opportunities that will sustain and increase Lakeland’s future economic viability.”

Rewis was first hired by the City of Lakeland on June 2, 2003, in the position of Code Enforcement Division Manager.  He was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Community & Economic Development on December 23, 2018. He has been serving as Interim Director of Community & Economic Development since June 7, 2021. Rewis said, “I was truly honored and blessed to have been asked to serve as Interim Director of Community & Economic Development and I am very excited to be named Director of the Department.  I look forward to continuing to serve the community and we have a great team of talented professionals in place ready deliver the exceptional quality of life that our community deserves.”

The Director of Community & Economic Development will be a direct report to Deputy City Manager, Nicole Travis. Rewis will assume all duties, responsibilities, and authority of the Director of Community & Economic Development effective December 6th. He will be paid an annual salary of $147,000. As Assistant Director of Community Development, Maio will be paid an annual salary of $130,000. As Assistant Director of Economic Development, Drumgo will be paid an annual salary of $120,00.

The City of Lakeland was incorporated January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow, capitalizing on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. Lakeland has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 35 years. 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 a century ago. 

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