The mission of the City Manager’s Office is to provide the citizens of Sanford with efficient and effective services that meet their needs and to deliver them in a friendly and courteous manner. To manage and direct all activities of City government in a manner consistent with the City Charter, Code of Ordinances, and as directed by the Mayor and City Commissioners.
Role of City Manager
As the Mayor and City Commissioners serve on a part-time basis, they hire a full-time professional city manager who serves as the chief administrative officer (CAO) for the city government. The City Manager’s duties and responsibilities consist of running the day-to-day operations of the city. This particular position is similar to that of a chief executive officer (CEO) in the private sector. However, instead of reporting to a Board of Directors, the City Manager reports to the elected body, the City Commission.
The City Manager is responsible for the administration and management of the budget, as well as all internal personnel matters, including hiring and/or removal of all city personnel.
In addition, the City Manager assists with developing and establishing community-wide goals and objectives to ensure that the community’s best interest are always considered in the decision-making process. The City Manager also acts as a liaison to other municipalities as well as other local, state, and federal agencies.
The City Manager is a politically neutral position. It is also their duty and responsibility to be an advocate and a strong proponent for philanthropic and social services that provide an added benefit to the residents of Sanford. This includes, but is not limited to, the attendance at public functions and activities. The City Manager’s office is a community resource for all individuals who reside and conduct business within Sanford’s municipal boundaries.
Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr. has served as the City Manager of Sanford, Florida since September 2011. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Commission. As the City’s chief administrative officer, he is responsible for overseeing all city operations, which includes a $195 million budget, and over 540 employees.
Prior to serving in Sanford, Mr. Bonaparte served as the City Manager of Topeka, Kansas, Plainfield, New Jersey, Camden, New Jersey, Willingboro, New Jersey and Glenarden, Maryland.
Mr. Bonaparte holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.
Deputy City Manager
Tom George has over 33 years of experience in the Transportation field while working for the State of Florida, Department of Transportation, Seminole County Road Operations and most recently, the City of Sanford. While with Seminole County he was nominated for Seminole County’s Manager of the Year Award for three consecutive years (1997-1999), receiving the award in 1998.
Mr. George is an active member of various organizations, the APWA, Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents, International Municipal Signal Association and the Sheriff Departments Citizen Advisory Council.
City Manager Form of Government
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.