SARASOTA COUNTY – Jonathan Lewis has accepted a conditional offer to serve as an assistant county administrator, Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer announced Tuesday.
Lewis served as the City of North Port manager since 2011. He is expected to start in early April, filling the position opened with the departure of Jonathan Evans, who accepted a job as city manager in Riviera Beach, Fla.
Lewis has more than 19 years of local government experience in Florida. He is an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) credentialed manager and holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor of arts in political science, both from the University of South Florida.
“We are excited to welcome Jonathan Lewis to Sarasota County,” Harmer said. “He has gained significant experience in local government and has an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist here through his collaboration with the county during his time in North Port.”
Lewis was directly responsible for operations at North Port, one of Florida’s fastest-growing cities, and more than 600 full-time equivalent employees.
“I am honored to be chosen to be a part of the team at Sarasota County,” Lewis said. “I have developed a great working relationship with the county during my time in North Port and have the utmost respect for the county administrator and his organization. I look forward to continuing my public service here in the county.”
Prior to his tenure in North Port, Lewis served as deputy city manager in Palm Bay (2004-2011) and was assistant town manager (2000-2004) and assistant to the town manager/finance director (1999) in Belleair.
As assistant county administrator, Lewis will oversee the county’s Community Development/Infrastructure departments: Planning and Development Services; Public Utilities; Public Works; Sarasota County Area Transit; and Business and Economic Development.
“Our residents can expect to see a continuity of service as we move forward,” Harmer said.
Lewis’ confirmation will take place during the Board of County Commissioners’ Feb. 28 meeting.
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