Milton City Manager Chris Lagerbloom announced his resignation today. Lagerbloom has accepted the position of Assistant City Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has been with the city for nine years, holding positions as Director of Public Safety, Interim Manager and City Manager.
During his tenure in Milton, Lagerbloom has been involved in several projects that have been significant in determining Milton's future. He led the deployment of the inaugural Milton Public Safety Department as the first Police and Fire Chief. As part of the start-up of the city, Lagerbloom oversaw the creation, adoption and public accountability of the first city strategic plan adopted in 2011. Milton has received many honors under Lagerbloom's management such as being named "Best Quality of Life" in Georgia by Business Journals' On Numbers survey and recognized seven straight years for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
Mayor Joe Lockwood stated, "Although I am saddened to see Chris go, I am very excited and proud for him to have this opportunity in Fort Lauderdale. I commend him for his hard work here and the team that he has been instrumental in building that makes Milton so great. His leadership will certainly have lasting impressions that will help the city move forward seamlessly. He will be truly missed."
Lagerbloom stated, "This was a difficult decision for my family and I to make. I am proud of the accomplishments we, as a city, have been able to make over the past few years, none of which would have been possible without a supportive Mayor and Council, as well as a dedicated and professional staff that cares about this city. I have been very fortunate to work beside such a great group of employees."
Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman stated, "I am extremely excited that Chris will be joining our Fort Lauderdale team. The experiences and successes that Chris has achieved in Milton complement our commitment to high quality service delivery to our neighbors."
The City of Milton will undertake a comprehensive search for a successor over the coming months. Lagerbloom's last day with the city will be Feb. 12, 2016.