Sarasota News Leader

12/28/2012

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LOOKING BACK YEAR IN REVIEW: AUGUST New Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin shakes hands with Commissioner Terry Turner during Barwin���s first commission meeting on Sept. 4. Photo by Norman Schimmel AUG. 2 simple 3-2 majority at any time for any reason. City Attorney Bob Fournier says of the clause After some last-minute give-and-take, the in Barwin���s contract, ���It���s just intended as a Sarasota City commissioners offer a contract guard against a premature termination if the to Tom Barwin, their pick to be the next city form of government changes.��� manager. All of the terms are as previously reported: $175,000 annual salary, $600 per��������� month car allowance and $15,000 for moving expenses. However, the commissioners took Damage resulting from Tropical Storm Debtwo days to digest a clause Barwin desired in by in the municipalities of Sarasota County the contract to protect him in case the city had and in the unincorporated parts of the couna sudden change of government. A so-called ty combined has been estimated at $7 mil���strong mayor��� form of government eliminates lion, Ed McCrane, the county���s emergency the need for a professional city manager, so management chief, tells members of the SiBarwin wanted some job security in case a esta Key Association on Aug. 2. Total damreferendum eliminated his position. He pro- age from Debby in the unincorporated part posed a contract clause stopping the commis- of the county was estimated at $542,000, he sion from discharging him immediately if such says. That does not include damage on Lido a referendum passed. That clause, however, or Longboat keys or in the city of Venice, he runs afoul of the city charter, which allows pointed out. Altogether, 256 Sarasota Counthe commission to fire a city manager by a ty residents have registered with the Federal

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