City Manager


The City Manager is the city's Chief Administrative Officer, Purchasing Agent and is responsible for all city operations, capital assets, and financial resources.

James Slaton began his tenure with the City of Lake Wales in 2005 and is currently City Manager, previously serving as the Deputy City Manager, Assistant City Manager, the Director of Public Services, the Director of Support Services, the Director of Information Technology, and Computer Network Administrator. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the Florida City and County Management Association, and the American Public Works Association. James holds an Associate of Science degree in Computer Network Engineering Systems from Polk State College, a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Public Administration from Polk State College, and is obtaining a Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governor's University. Mr. Slaton is a 2019 graduate of Leadership ICMA and completed the University of Virginia's Senior Executive Institute in 2018. James is an alumnus of both Leadership Polk and Leadership Lake Wales. James was appointed Interim City Manager in June 2020.