Former Oak Park village manager still on job hunt

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Former Oak Park Village Manager Tom Barwin hasn't found his next career opportunity quite yet.

Barwin was a candidate for the city administrator position in both Waukesha, Wis., and Sarasota, Fla., but last month Barwin pulled his name from the Wisconsin job and didn't receive enough votes for the Florida job.

Barwin said in Florida he was one of the final 106 candidates and received the recommendation of the citizen commission. Although he had the highest support among the city commissioners, he did not receive the required four votes among the group and they opted to reboot its search. Barwin said he won't be surprised, though, if the group takes another vote on the existing candidates.

For now, however, Barwin is biding his time.

"It took a little while to clear my head —have reflections about quality of life," Barwin said of his time off. "I'm far too young to think about retirement. I'll be doing something interesting and hopefully in a fun place."

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Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: July 17th, 2012 1:04 PM

Good comeback!


Posted: July 17th, 2012 9:58 AM

No, but your Dad seems quite relaxed! Ask him. Ha

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 11:05 PM

Silly. Welcome back. How was summer vacation? I see it hasn't relaxed you much...

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 9:48 PM

Nope - just complimenting a good man.


Posted: July 16th, 2012 9:43 PM

Will the Murtaghs be following Mr Barwin?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 9:09 PM

Barwin #1 in Sarasota Springs - Oak Park Patch - Barwin was selected 5-0 by the city commission Monday afternoon to be the city's new manager...Commissioner Terry Turner selected Barwin because he worked in a city in a similar size as Sarasota, similar architectural values and Oak Park also has "unfortunately the level of political dischord." Mayor Suzanne Atwell said Barwin has "extraordinary temperament, a calming influence." "He looks beyond himself, but he's still savvy," she said. Good spot - lots of luck!

You Can Put Him On The Board, Yes !!!  

Posted: July 16th, 2012 7:48 PM

Barwin Selected as Sarasota City Manager

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 10th, 2012 10:34 PM

Good Luck, Tom

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