Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Barwin Tempted by Job with Less Sun?

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Barwin Tempted by Job with Less Sun?

Article excerpt

COMMENTARY

City manager Tom Barwin says he loves Sarasota. Sure. That's the sweet talk.

But the truth is out: Barwin's been sneaking around behind Sarasota's back, flirting with another city. And now he is flat out courting.

The unfaithful lout says Reno contacted him. He wasn't even, you know, looking. But his words to The Other City make it clear he is considering running away to Nevada, or at least is now leading Reno on with flattery and a flirtatious show of interest.

The cad.

OK, enough with the philandering spouse analogy. Fact is, almost every city manager I've dealt with anywhere has basically been just passing through, working the city administrator job circuit. Despite how well most talk the talk about loving where they work and their dedication to that city's future, most have the geographic stability of a carnival barker.

It's usually a good thing, too. Many city managers wear

out their popularity after a few years or so. Astute ones must start looking for the next job while still learning the names of the city commissioners who just hired them. Better to exit while you might be missed than wait and have to go job hunting while every news story that the headhunters Google up on you is about someone urging city commissioners to run you out of town.

But while Barwin has not inspired a lot of passionate acclaim or made anyone imagine Sarasota just could not get by without him, it seems fair to say he has also avoided totally alienating as many people as a lot of managers do by five years in.

Maybe it's that hat he wears. How mad can anyone get at a guy wearing a hat like that?

Anyway, maybe he is telling the truth about not having really gone looking. And yet, if so, why the heck would he even consider moving from Sarasota to Reno?

I did some research and found out a few things. For instance: Reno is in Nevada. Yes, Nevada.

And, no offense, but Reno is a city with absolutely no gulfside dining. Though there is plenty of sand there, it has no beach. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.