BIO - Tom Barwin, City Manager, Sarasota, Florida
Tom Barwin began work as City Manager of City of Sarasota on September 1, 2012, following a national search.
Barwin is Sarasota’s seventh City Manager since 1945.
Prior to Sarasota, Barwin served six years as Village Manager in Oak Park, Illinois, and eight years as City Manager in Ferndale, Michigan. Oak Park is located on Chicago’s western border, and Ferndale is located on Detroit’s northern border.
Like Sarasota, Oak Park is home to over 50,000 full-time residents, with a traditional downtown that serves as a regional employment center and tourist center. Oak Park was home to Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway.
During Tom’s administration, Oak Park was powered by 95% renewable energy, which won national acclaim and EPA environmental sustainability awards.
As City Manager in Ferndale, Michigan, Tom was credited with advancing urban bike lanes and multi-model transit in Metropolitan Detroit, while leading an economic turnaround that transformed the community to one of Michigan’s most vibrant, creative, and diverse communities.
Tom received his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, Master’s Degree from Central Michigan, and attended Harvard University’s program tailored for Senior Executive in State and Local Government.
Tom is married to Margaret Bailey. Together they have raised four sons, Sean, Joe, Sullivan, and Connor, and look forward to teaching their first grandchild, Hugh Lincoln Barwin, to swim and play tennis in Sarasota.