City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr.
Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr. has served as Sanford’s City Manager since September 2011. The City Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Commission. As the City’s chief administrative officer, the City Manager is directly responsible to the Mayor and City Commission for overseeing all City operations, which includes the oversight of a $174 million budget, and over 500 employees.
Prior to Sanford, Mr. Bonaparte served as the City Manager of Topeka, Kansas, City Administrator of Plainfield, New Jersey, the City Business Administrator of Camden, New Jersey, the Township Manager of Willingboro, New Jersey, and the City Manager of Glenarden, Maryland.
Mr. Bonaparte has taught graduate public management courses at Rutgers University and undergraduate courses in management at National-Louis University's School of Management and Business. He also served as a principal instructor for the University of Kansas' Emerging Leaders Academy.
Mr. Bonaparte has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a prestigious organization chartered by the U. S. Congress that elects a limited number of individuals with distinguished records of performance as either a practitioner or a scholar in public administration and management.
Mr. Bonaparte is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and has earned its Credentialed Manager designation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Tri-County League of Cities, the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Sanford Rotary Club. He is a member of the Florida City and County Management Association, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and the University of Central Florida’s School of Public Administration Advisory Board. Mr. Bonaparte has been elected president of both the New Jersey Municipal Management Association and the Maryland City/County Management Association and was a board member of the Kansas Association of City/County Management.
Mr. Bonaparte holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University's Graduate School of Business and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program.