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Roundtable Discussion – Tom Barwin’s Emails

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Sarasota’s City Manager turns in 2,500 emails from private email account for court to review

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Source: ABC 7 By: Taylor Torregano SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) – Sarasota’s City Manager is the most recent in a slew of people in power under fire for using a private email account for work related business. These public record suits have shown up at the local, state and federal level. Most recently, Governor Rick… Read More »

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Sarasota city manager’s lawyer says public records suit has no basis

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Source: heraldtribune.com By: Nicole Rodriguez – Staff Writer SARASOTA — Lawyers representing Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin in a public records lawsuit claim the plaintiff in the case has no substantive legal argument since every public record from the top administrator’s private email account dating back to 2012 has been recovered and made public…. Read More »

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City releases first batch of city manager emails

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Source: YourObserver.com By: David Conway – Deputy Managing Editor An attorney for City Manager Tom Barwin said an initial review does not suggest Barwin conducted substantive city business via private email, though critics see issues. After reviewing more than seven months of messages sent to and from City Manager Tom Barwin’s personal email address,… Read More »

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Lawyer for Barwin contends few emails are missing from Sarasota public servers

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Source: Herald-Tribune By: Nicole Rodriguez – Staff Writer SARASOTA — A partial examination of City Manager Tom Barwin’s personal Gmail account revealed the top administrator’s personal email account contained more than 100 public records he failed to forward to the city. Barwin’s Palm Beach Gardens-based attorney Lloyd Schwed and the city on Monday evening… Read More »

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Lawsuit alleges Sarasota city manager broke public records law

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Source: Herald Tribune By: Nicole Rodriguez – Staff Writer The suit asks a judge to grant an accelerated hearing in the case, and declare that Barwin and the city violated state record retention rules and the Sunshine Law SARASOTA — A lawsuit filed Thursday against Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin and the city alleges… Read More »

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City manager pledges compliance with records search

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Source: YourObserver.com by: David Conway – Deputy Managing Editor Tom Barwin’s use of a personal email account is the latest chapter in the city manager’s rocky relationship with open government laws. On Monday, in the wake of public and media scrutiny regarding his use of a private email account to discuss some city business,… Read More »

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Sarasota city manager surrendering personal devices for independent email examination

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Source: The Herald Tribune By Nicole Rodriguez – Staff Writer The move comes a week after it was discovered Barwin for years has been using his personal Gmail account to discuss city matters SARAOSTA — City Manager Tom Barwin will surrender his personal cell phone and laptop to the city attorney pending an independent… Read More »

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Sarasota hires law firm to defend Barwin in potential litigation stemming from personal email usage

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Source: The Herald Tribune By Nicole Rodriguez – Staff Writer SARASOTA — The city has hired an outside lawyer to defend City Manager Tom Barwin in looming litigation stemming from his years-long use of private email to conduct city business — and it could cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. The Palm Beach Gardens-based law… Read More »

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