Lakeland is a premiere city, located in Polk County very near the exact geographic center of Florida. It is approximately 30 miles east of Tampa and 40 miles west of Orlando. Founded in 1885, Lakeland has a population of 93,428 and covers 75 square miles.

Recognized nationally by Money Magazine in 1998 as the “10th Best Place to Live in America” for medium-sized cities in the South, Lakeland offers its residents an exceptional quality of life.  Beginning with Lakeland’s downtown district, which has been under a continuing program of redevelopment for several years, the City exudes beauty, charm, vitality, and a palpable sense of continual progress.  Information on the City organization can be found at

The Director is responsible for planning, directing, and coordination of the Lakeland Retirement System which consists of the City Employees Defined Benefit Pension Plan, a Firefighters’ Pension Plan, a Police Officers’ Pension Plan, a 401(a) Defined Contribution Plan, a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, a FICA Substitution Plan, and a Health Reimbursement Plan.  The City is also considering the establishment of a Retiree Health Insurance Trust that may be overseen by the Pension Board.

The Director has a staff of three.  The sum of the various retirement funds is approximately $550 million.

Degree in business administration, public administration or finance with considerable course work in finance.  Masters degree in similar or related field preferred.  Six (6) years experience in progressively responsible pension plan administration and pension fund management. 

The starting salary range for the position is $81,600 to $102,000, DOQ.  Fringe benefits are generous.

Cover letter, resume, and salary history by June 2, 2008 to: Tom D. Freijo, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, The Mercer Group, Inc., P.O. Box 9328, Winter Haven, Florida 33883.  TEL: (863) 299-3571 FAX: (863) 299-6737.  EOE.  Preference in initial employment shall be given to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans. Applicants should be aware that applications in Florida become a matter of public record upon receipt.


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