+ Acting chief named in Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin appointed Capt. Paul Sutton as acting police chief. Sutton will serve for one month, until the January arrival of Chief Bernadette DiPino. In his temporary position, Sutton will organize a City-County Homeless Advisory Task Force.
Barwin also appointed former Sarasota Chief of Police John Lewis as the chief’s transition adviser.
Lewis will provide a report on what changes need to occur at the Sarasota Police Department to improve the training of law-enforcement agents. In addition, Barwin announced he will hold office hours from 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday during December at police headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane. He will meet with the community, police officers, the chief’s transition adviser, as well as the acting chief.
+ New finance director to be chosen next month
Sarasota expects to name a new finance director before the City Commission’s Jan. 7 meeting.
Current Finance Director Chris Lyons announced his retirement due to health reasons in September.
Lyons was finance director for the past five years, and he helped prepare 23 fiscal-year budgets as a city employee.
Recently, he led efforts to cut city costs and reform pensions. The tough budget years will continue, as property values stabilize.
Meetings & Agendas
• Planning Board meeting — 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, City Hall, City Commission Chambers, 1565 First St., Sarasota
• Development Review Committee — 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, City Hall, Room 112, 1565 First St., Sarasota
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29 Light Up Siesta Village and Holiday Parade
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
30 Advent Procession
3 Rachel's Challenge Anti-Bullying Event hosted by The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4 Ringling Holiday Splendor
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The gift of music
Riverview High School received a donation of $5,000 during a break in the Kiltie Band Fall concert on Nov. 20.
Coming together for the community
All Faiths Food Bank called on volunteers to help distribute 7,000 Thanksgiving dinners Saturday.
Observer on the hunt for displays
We’re making our list of the best holiday lights displays in Sarasota and checking it twice.