Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Manager Accepts County Position | John Lewis Has Held North Port's Top Job for the Past 6 Years

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Manager Accepts County Position | John Lewis Has Held North Port's Top Job for the Past 6 Years

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GOVERNMENT

SARASOTA COUNTY -- North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis has accepted a conditional offer to become an assistant county administrator for Sarasota County.

Lewis, 43, has been city manager for North Port since May 2011, when he succeeded Steve Crowell. Before that, he was one of two deputy city managers in Palm Bay.

Lewis would fill the spot vacated when Jonathan Evans accepted the city manager job in Riviera Beach.

The Sarasota County Commission will be asked to confirm his hiring on Feb. 28 and he is expected start in early April. News of the hire broke Tuesday morning, giving the North Port Commission an unusual opportunity to weigh in on the likely prospect that their top administrator is moving on.

Mayor Linda Yates, who served on the City Commission that hired Lewis, called the news bittersweet.

"It's been an unbelievable experience," she later added. "We also have been through four changes of commissions.

"You have helped take this city, keep it on course, and take it to places that we did not foresee many years ago," Yates continued. "I think it's a phenomenal opportunity -- not only for yourself in getting to the county level but also for the city of North Port as well."

Vice Mayor Vanessa Carusone noted that the city would benefit from Lewis' presence in county government, "because we will have someone with the heart and soul of the city sitting in that county."

Board members Chris Hanks and Debbie McDowell thanked Lewis for his guidance since they took office in November.

"Just in the short time I've got to know you, you're an alright dude," Hanks said.

North Port's other two constitutional officers -- City Attorney Mark Moriarty and City Clerk Patsy Adkins -- also heaped praise on their colleague.

Moriarty called Lewis one of the most principled and ethical people he's met.

"You carry significant water," he added. "No doubt my burden here has been lighter by you being here."

Adkins recalled that when Lewis first applied for the job, he was different than previous North Port city manager applicants.

"I still think you kind of set the bar for city managers," she said. "I've been here for quite a few of them. …

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