City Commission continues manager search

Failing to reach a consensus today, July 2, on the three remaining applicants for Sarasota city manager, the City Commission voted to continue its search for a person to replace Robert Bartolotta, who resigned as city manager in January.

Commissioners agreed it would be unfair to hire one of the candidates without a unanimous vote.

Interim City Manager Terry Lewis reported this morning that Rich Chaffin of McKinney, Texas, had dropped out of contention.

The three remaining candidates were Ed Mitchell, city manager of West Palm Beach; James Chisholm, city manager of Daytona Beach; and Thomas Barwin of Oak Park, Ill., who was village manager of that Chicago suburb until March.

For all the details on the discussion, visit The Sarasota New Leader on Thursday.