Former Oak Park village manager Tom Barwin nabs Florida city manager job


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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Former Oak Park Village Manager Tom Barwin has landed another job.

Following a 5-0 approval from the Sarasota, Fla., City Commission Monday, Barwin is set to be the town's next city manager.

Initially Barwin didn't receive enough votes for the Florida job, despite receiving the highest support among city commissioners. Barwin suspected the group would vote again, and he was correct.

He was also a candidate for the city administrator position in Waukesha, Wis., but last month Barwin pulled his name from the Wisconsin search.

The search firm hired to recruit Barwin will negotiate a contract soon. A meeting is scheduled for July 30 for the city commission to finalize the hire.

Barwin, who was thrilled to hear the new vote total, said he and his wife are ready for the move. He confirmed that if contract negotiations go smoothly, he'll be in the job sometime in mid-August or September.

"As an incoming manager you think that is terrific because it is a unifying vote," he said. "It shows they have a lot of confidence in their future manager."

Although he said they'll miss their Frank Lloyd Wright coach house and Oak Park, Barwin said he's looking forward to moving to a community like Sarasota that he said has an "active civic population."

"I don't think there will be any boredom," Barwin said.

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village panders to special interest groups from Chicago  

Posted: October 17th, 2012 12:18 PM

its all about control from the political contributors to the wanna be house wifes who sponge off their husbands fortunes. Cway Shoelersto name a few.

Paddy Boy  

Posted: July 19th, 2012 1:15 PM

Tommy, Good luck in your new job lad! If your travels take you to Clearwater stop in at Frenchie's Bar and have a grouper burger!

Tired of Taxes from Oak Park  

Posted: July 17th, 2012 3:59 PM

Well one thing is for sure. Sarasota is soon to have a new line item on their budget: Consultants!


Posted: July 17th, 2012 3:31 PM

It would be another plus for OP if some others would follow Barwin......


Posted: July 17th, 2012 12:53 PM

@Mares. Funny. I, though, was referring to someone from the BC/AD era!


Posted: July 17th, 2012 12:28 PM

Silly for sure leaving Oak Park is a huge plus for him and anyone who's worked in that Village and dealt with the people there.

connect the dots  

Posted: July 17th, 2012 12:12 PM

@john - All roads lead back to the Board - Tiger gamble was bad judgement; $300k could be hush money for taking the fall on the "mistaken" $24,999 payments and other directed decisions.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 17th, 2012 11:39 AM

It is ironic that the village spent $300,000 to remove Tom Barwin and he has found a new VM job at about the same salary, after declining a couple of positions. On the other hand, the village has interviewed no candidates and has not even made public what criteria they would use in the selection process. Tiger and Barwin equals more than $400,000 and there is nothing to show for either.


Posted: July 17th, 2012 11:00 AM

@ Unfortuately. Jim Coughlin ?


Posted: July 17th, 2012 10:37 AM

Congrats and good luck to Mr. Barwin. I think that he did a good job in OP. Sure, there were some "issues," but that is true for every human born except for JC!


Posted: July 17th, 2012 10:21 AM

The one thing that a certain person on this here board loves about Oak Park is LEAVING. I guess the loathing will continue.

mike from oak park  

Posted: July 17th, 2012 9:53 AM

There goes the neighborhood. I hope you all have a huge money surplus good luck

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