Thomas said, “I am pleased to announce that Mark Farrington will join the City of Lakeland team. He has an extensive background in human resources. He currently serves as the HR Director for the City of Lake Worth, Florida.” Thomas added, “In this capacity he is oversees talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, employee benefits and risk management for the municipality. I would add that Lake Worth also operates a municipal electric distribution utility so that is a big plus.”
Farrington said, “This candidate search has been a very thorough process and it just goes to show how important it is that the City of Lakeland get the right person for the job. I am very excited that I was chosen to lead the City of Lakeland’s Human Resources/Civil Service Department and I’m appreciative of the opportunity. I look forward to meeting everyone in the Department as we move forward in developing a world-class workforce.”
City Manager, Doug Thomas said, “The City received roughly 60 applicants for the HR/CS Director position that were initially ranked into tiers based upon their experience, credentials and application information. Ten semi-finalists were asked to provided additional information including a video interview. Ultimately five candidates participated in the final process that included panel interviews and then a one-on-one interview with me as City Manager.”
Farrington’s prior experience includes services as Director of Human Resources for Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, Florida; Director, Coaching Services for IJN JOBS in Brandon, Florida; Director, Human Resources for Comprehensive Health Management, Tampa, Florida; and Human Resources Director, US & Global IT, HR Director Shared Services, HR Operations Leader (IFS), Diversity Recruitment and Retention Leader, for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Tampa, Florida.
Farrington holds a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute – Society for Human Resource Management. He also brings experience with collective bargaining negotiations in addition to more than 10 years experience in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local employment laws, collective bargaining, and arbitration processes.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology / Business from California University of Pennsylvania. Farrington is married to his wife Connie and they have three children. He is 59 years old. Farrington’s official start date is August 4th and his annual salary is $115,000.