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Handful of messages indicate city manager occasionally discussed Sarasota municipal issues

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

Newly released text messages from the personal cell phone of Tom Barwin show the city manager — who has denied conducting city business on his private email account — occasionally sent and received texts discussing city matters.

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Roundtable Discussion – Tom Barwin’s Emails

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |
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Sarasota’s City Manager turns in 2,500 emails from private email account for court to review

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

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.

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

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

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.

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City releases first batch of city manager emails

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

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.

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

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

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.

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Lawsuit alleges Sarasota city manager broke public records law

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

A lawsuit filed Thursday against Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin and the city alleges that the top administrator’s frequent failure to produce city-related discussions from his private Gmail account as part of numerous public records requests broke state open records law and eroded public trust in local government.

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City manager pledges compliance with records search

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

On Monday, in the wake of public and media scrutiny regarding his use of a private email account to discuss some city business, City Manager Tom Barwin read from a prepared statement and pledged to comply with an ongoing search for any messages that might be subject to the state’s Sunshine Law.

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Sarasota city manager surrendering personal devices for independent email examination

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

City Manager Tom Barwin will surrender his personal cell phone and laptop to the city attorney pending an independent forensic examination of the devices to ensure all stored city-related matters are made public, following recent revelations Barwin has extensively used his private email account to conduct city business.

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

By Schwed Kahle & Kress, P.A. |

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.

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