NORTON N. BONAPARTE JR.
SANFORD CITY MANAGER
PERLA B. CROSBY
I UNDERSTAND THAT THE CITY OF SANFORD HAS APPROXIMATELY 500 EMPLOYEES. HOW IMPORTANT IS TEAMWORK IN ACHIEVING EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS IN THE RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTS?
Having our employees work as a team is very important. While we have very distinct job functions, it is important for us to work collaboratively to provide the best, most cost effective programs to our residents, customers, and visitors.
DO YOU, IN YOUR ROLE AS CITY MANAGER, MEET WITH DEPARTMENT HEADS AND THEIR SUBORDINATES TO SEEK FEEDBACK AND/OR SUGGESTIONS TO ASSIST YOU IN IDENTIFYING THE PROPER PATH TO ACHIEVING EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS IN THE RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTS?
Yes, I meet regularly with each department director; I also attend departmental meetings with their respective staff members and hold quarterly Senior Staff meetings. In addition, I offer quarterly “Coffee with the City Manager” sessions that are open to all employees where I share with them what is happening in the City and hear their ideas on how to make our organization even better.
“I see a great community with very dynamic and diverse residents, businesses, and industries.”
GLANCE INTO YOUR “CRYSTAL BALL” AND TELL ME WHERE YOU SEE SANFORD IN 2020?
I see a great community with very dynamic and diverse residents, businesses, and industries with a population of over 60,000 people.
WHAT DOES THE WORD “COMMUNITY” MEAN TO YOU AS A MANAGER? ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SANFORD COMMUNITY, AND IF NOT, WHAT SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENTS NEED TO BE ACHIEVED?
Community means we are more than just a collection of houses. There is a feeling of being connected to one another. I’m proud of what Sanford has become, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t working hard to put on numerous activities throughout the city so that our residents will have an even greater sense of community.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY WAS ONE THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WRITINGS TO YOUR CURRENT ROLE AS A CITY MANAGER?
A book called A Prayer for the City by Buzz Bissinger. It is about Ed Rendell’s time in office as hiladelphia’s Mayor.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FACTOR TO WHAT YOU’VE ACHIEVED TODAY?
Having a supportive family that encouraged me to get a good education and to be whatever I wanted to be.