By Anna Lothson
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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