City of Sarasota Logo Where Urban amenities meet Small- town living

City Manager

The City Manager serves as the City's Chief Administrator and is responsible to the City Commission for the proper administration of all affairs of the city except for responsibilities authorized by the City Auditor & Clerk, and City Attorney, by the City Charter.

 

Mission

The City Manager serves as the City's Chief Administrator and is responsible to the City Commission for the proper administration of all affairs of the city except for responsibilities authorized by the City Auditor & Clerk, and City Attorney, by the City Charter.

City Government

Sarasota is governed by a commission-manager form of government. The City Manager, who is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the elected five-member City Commission, serves as the City's Chief Administrative Officer.

Sarasotans approved the commission-manager form of government 1,499 to 405 at a special election held on November 5, 1945.

Upon the conclusion of World War II, it became clear that Sarasota was on the verge of growing like it never had before. Sarasotans decided a new form of city government was needed to prevent repetition of the growing pains of the 1920's real estate boom. Following adoption of the new form, Colonel Ross E. Windom, who had served in the U.S. army Corps of Engineers during the war and city manager of cities in Ohio before the war, was appointed Sarasota's first City Manager.

The City Manager is appointed by the City Commission to direct and manage the functions of the City. Leadership is provided by facilitating, directing, planning, coordinating, and supervising the programs and services of the City. The City Manager is ultimately responsible to the City Commission and the public for all actions of the City of Sarasota.

The City Manager prepares an annual budget for the City Commission and develops policy for the City Commission's consideration. Implementation and management of all policy decisions of the Commission is also a key responsibility. Major emphasis is placed upon the annual goal setting that the City Manager conducts with the City Commission, which drives both the budget process and staff's projects and priorities for the following year.

Organizationally, the City Manager supervises the Police Department, Finance, Van Wezel, Public Works, Utilities, Human Resources, Neighborhood Development Services, Public Information and Commission Support through the Deputy City Manager.

Staff assistance within the City Manager's office is provided by the Administrative Assistant who works with both the City Manager and the Deputy City Manager. Backup is provided by the Commission support staff.

 

 

Video On Demand


 

Get Involved

 

 

  Lido Beach Pool and Pavilion  Bobby Jones Golf Club Page  Auditorium Rentals  Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Page   Children's Fountain Page  Robert L. Taylor Community Complex Page