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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

Unanimous Commission Names James Slaton as City Manager

17-Year City Employee Has Served as Interim since June


Last updated 10/29/2020 at 2:08pm

City Manager James Slaton

Lake Wales City Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 20 to appoint James Slaton as the next city manager. Slaton has been serving as interim city manager since June 2, when Ken Fields agreed to take an early retirement.

Slaton has worked for the city for more than 17 years, most recently as deputy city manager in charge of nine departments.

Commissioners considered other options for a search and decided Slaton had proven himself during his more than four and a half months at the helm. Deputy Mayor Robin Gibson, who initially was a strong advocate of a nationwide search, made the...

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