Sarasota County announces hiring of new historical resources manager

Robert Bendus previously worked as director of the state’s Division of Historical Resources

Robert Bends. Photo courtesy Sarasota County
Robert Bendus. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

The Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Department has hired Robert F. Bendus as the new historical resources manager, the county has announced. He is expected to start work in early March.

“Bendus has a long career in public service, having worked in several roles on both the local and state levels,” a news release says. He previously worked for the 12th Judicial Circuit of Florida and the Sarasota County Clerk of Court’s Office, the release adds. Most recently, Bendus served as director of the Division of Historical Resources in the Florida Department of State and as Florida State University’s historic preservation officer, the release notes.

“Robert has a broad professional experience that will be of great value as we continue to advance our historical programs,” said Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer in the release. “We were fortunate to be able to recruit someone of his caliber, and we look forward to the expertise he brings to the community.”

Sarabeth Kalajian, director of the Libraries and Historical Resources Department, added that “Bendus’ local ties are a great benefit and will lead to collaboration and connection of organizational missions through common themes,” the release says.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with a professional who already has such a connection to our community,” Kalajian continued.

Bendus earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Catholic University, the release says, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Florida State University. He is pursuing a doctorate in history at Florida State, the release notes.

Bendus said in the release that Sarasota County’s rich historical tapestry is what drew him to the position.“I am excited about working with the community and the entire county team to promote this great history,” he added in the release.