Sarasota News Leader

12/28/2012

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LOOKING BACK YEAR IN REVIEW: JUNE Sarasota City Attorney Robert Fournier addresses the City Commission as City Auditor and Clerk Pam Nadalini listens. Photo by Norman Schimmel JUNE 1 The charter of the City of Sarasota is clear. The city manager, auditor and clerk and finance director must be bonded. But two of them are not. Neither Interim City Manager Terry Lewis nor Auditor and Clerk Pam Nadalini is bonded. The charter says, ���The city manager, the city auditor and clerk ��� and the finance director shall each give bond with authorized corporate sureties, conditioned upon their faithful performance of duty.��� And the charter requires that the City Commission set the amount of that bond by resolution every year. On Nov. 7, 2011, the commission passed such a resolution and backdated it to Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year. A Daytona Beach insurance firm specializing in public sector work had been tasked with finding bonds for then-City Manager Bob Bartolotta, Finance Director Chris Lyons and Auditor and Clerk Nadalini. The firm was able to get policies for Bartolotta and Lyons, but unable to secure a bond for Nadalini. The Sarasota News Leader obtained a copy of correspondence between the Daytona Beach firm and a city employee. ���Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in securing terms for the city clerk/auditor position,��� the firm reported back by email on Sept. 28, 2011. ���Our marketing efforts included accessing all standard and substandard bond writers including Travelers, Chubb, CAN, Suretec, Hartford and others. Underwriters are unwilling to extend surety without significant collateral for the city clerk/auditor position.���

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