Sarasota News Leader

01/24/2014

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CALM AND COMPOSED Tom Harmer poses with the county seal in the lobby outside his and the county commissioners' offices. Photo by Roger Drouin AS A FIREFIGHTER, TOM HARMER LEARNED TO BE COMFORTABLE IN UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS, AND TO STAY CALM By Roger Drouin County Editor Before 8 a.m., Tom Harmer checks his sched- some notes about the day — what went well; ule as soon as he walks into his office at the what he might have to address the following Sarasota County Administration Building in day. downtown Sarasota. It is a system the former fire chief and On the left, is his "To Do" list. There are more Titusville city manager has used for a long than a half dozen A's time, and over the past three months, it scribbled beside it. Never, ever during my 13 years has helped keep him "Those are my prioriwith the Chamber, has a county organized as Sarasota ties," Harmer says. administrator ever attended a North Port C o u n t y 's i n t e r i m On the right is a Chamber meeting. We were very honored. county administrator, detailed schedule india p o s t t h a t o v e rFred Tower cating another busy sees more than 2,000 Chairman Government Relations Committee day. When he gets a employees and more North Port Chamber of Commerce chance, Harmer fills in than 20 departments.

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