City promotes three in overhaul of community and economic development


Brian rewis

Three promotions announced today bring an updated leadership structure to the 73-employee City of Lakeland Department, which oversees community and economic growth.

The Ministry of Community and Economic Development will be headed by Brian rewis, 48, who has served as interim manager for the past six months. He will be assisted by:

  • Teresa maio, 52, the new deputy director of community development. She previously served as the Manager of Planning and Housing and has worked for the city since 2009. In her new role, she will coordinate planning, transportation, construction services and housing, according to City Manager Shawn Sherrouse.
  • Alis Drumgo, 41, will head the new Economic Development Division. He will continue as director of the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency. In his new role, he will market Lakeland “to the kind of economic development you want,” Sherrouse said.
Teresa Maio, Brian Rewis, Alis Drumgo
From left to right: Teresa Maio, Brian Rewis, Alis Drumgo

All three promotions went into effect today and all three received increases: Rewis to $ 147,000 per year; Maio at $ 130,000 per year; Drumgo at $ 120,000 per year. Their previous salaries were not immediately available.

Sherrouse said he had researched cities such as Greenville, South Carolina and Chattanooga that Lakeland aspires to emulate and “you find that their organizations, their municipal staff, are responsible for economic development. So I think this is an initiative to re-emphasize the future economic viability of Lakeland. “

He added, “We will certainly have partners in this effort,” naming the Lakeland Economic Development Council, the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.

Rewis succeeds Nicole Travis, who was promoted to Deputy Managing Director in May. In his new role, he will continue to relate to Travis.

He started with the City of Lakeland in June 2003 as the Code Enforcement Officer. In April 2008, he was promoted to the new post of Director of Outreach Services Combining Code Enforcement and Affordable Housing. In May 2015, he became Manager of Community Improvement, adding building inspection and departmental IT operations to his previous responsibilities. He became deputy director of the department in December 2018.

The Department of Community and Economic Development currently has 68 full-time and 5 part-time positions, Rewis said.

Sherrouse announced the promotions at this morning’s city council meeting, saying of Rewis: “He has proven his leadership in guiding the department as we have experienced unprecedented growth and he continues to advocate for our clients. “