Sarasota News Leader

01/04/2013

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THE FIRST 100 DAYS Tom Barwin joins Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown at a Tiger Bay Club meeting in November. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA CITY MANAGER TOM BARWIN REFLECTS ON HIS FIRST MONTHS ON THE JOB By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Editor���s note: Last month as Sarasota���s new city manager, Tom Barwin, neared the 100day mark on the job, he sat down with Sarasota News Leader City Editor Stan Zimmerman for a wide-ranging interview. The transcription is long, but it provides two sets of broad insights. First, Barwin views the city with a pair of new but professional eyes. He has been in public service for more than three decades, starting as a Detroit cop and concluding as the city manager of Ferndale, MI, (a Detroit suburb) then Oak Park, IL, (a Chicago suburb). The second group of insights concerns Barwin���s goals and management style. While the past two city managers were short-timers, their predecessors served long tours and had wide-ranging powers. Thus, Barwin could serve a long career in the top administrative position at City Hall. His goals and styles could be with us for many years. SNL: In the Oak Park newspaper story Barwin Quits, you are quoted as saying you would prefer private or non-profit sector work: ���Maybe government again, but that would be my third choice.��� Was Sarasota your third choice?

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