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Friday, July 29, 2011

Former Plainfield administrator lands Florida city manager slot


Norton Bonaparte when Plainfield City Administrator, 2005.

Former Plainfield city administrator Norton Bonaparte has been offered the city manager job in Sanford, Florida, according to reports in the Orlando Sentinel (see here) and the Topeka Capital-Journal (see here).

Bonaparte served as city administrator under the late Mayor Al McWilliams and then served as acting head of the Department of Administration and Finance under current Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs before taking the job of Topeka, Kansas' very first city manager after that city changed its charter.

After a five-year run, Bonaparte negotiated a severance package with Topeka that found him leaving his post at the end of June this year. Praised for his professionalism (which was always on display in Plainfield, too) and budget-management skills, Bonaparte did not have an easy time with some of the Topeka councilors, which just comes with the turf when one serves many bosses.

Warm wishes to Norton from all his Plainfield friends for good luck in his new venture.



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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

If he was so great why did he leave