Lakeland city recorder dismissed on Monday

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Lakeland’s City Hall is unexpectedly one staff member lighter as of Monday.

Sontidra Thomas, the city employee with the longest tenure at 17 years, was fired for a personnel policy violation.

The termination was effective immediately.

The details have not been released, although interim city manager Jim Atkinson said the issue was not a criminal one.

He has described it as a “one-time careless act left to continue for a period of time.”

Until the city can advertise and fill her position, her former colleagues will be pitching to ensure the necessary work is completed.

“There will be a strain on staff to cover the recorder responsibilities, but other staff, including myself, will absorb the workload,” Atkinson said.

Written by Carolyn Bahm, Express editor. Contact her at (901) 433-9138 or via email to