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Interim City Manager

Jim_Atkinson.jpgJim Atkinson, Director of Planning and Administration, became Lakeland's interim City Manager on January 20, 2015.

He has been with the City of Lakeland since 2005.

Day-to-day, Jim often works with businesses and developers to help Lakeland become a destination city for both businesses and families.

He works to more efficiently provide services for Lakeland residents as well as to prepare for the future demands brought on by economic development.


The Lakeland City Manager is appointed by the elected Board of Commissioners, which includes the elected Mayor and four commissioners. The board establishes goals and policies by ordinance or resolution and appoints a professional City Manager to administer the daily affairs of the city.

The City Manager is responsible to the Board of Commissioners for the administration of board policy and for daily city operations. The City Manager acts similar to a chief executive officer appointed by the board of a corporation and appoints and supervises all other city personnel.

The City of Lakeland is governed by a “Commission-Manager” charter established by the State of Tennessee. 

City Manager
10001 Hwy. 70
Lakeland, TN 38002

Monday – Friday
8 am - 4:30 pm