According to TheLedger.com published in April 2016, at least 150 applications have been received for the vacant assistant city manager (ACM) position after the former ASM was promoted to deputy city management.  Lakeland began advertising the ACM position at a salary range of $85,000 to $158,000.

Tallahassee pays three ACM  $175,000 to each .

The former Lakeland  ACM was promoted to second-in-command at a salary of $136,000 a year. The city of Tallahassee just promoted an ASM to Deputy City Manager at a salary of $185,000

Lakeland, FL population is 101,517.  The city of Lakeland employs 2280 full-time employees.  The city of Tallahassee employs 2860 employees.  Both cities own its own electrical utility services.