City Manager

Carl L. Schwing
Contact Information:
Office: (239)-949-6232
Email: [email protected]

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Carl has served as the City Manager of Bonita Springs since June, 2011.

Before Bonita Springs, Carl worked for the City of Cape Coral from July 2002 to June 2011.  During this time he served as Community Development Director, Assistant City Manager and City Manager.

Prior to coming to Cape Coral, Carl served as a City Manager in a variety of cities for over 16 years in both Florida and Missouri.

Carl started his public service career in 1981 as an intern/finance director for the City of Manchester, Missouri- a suburb of St. Louis. From there he served as an Assistant to the City Manager in Berkeley, Missouri, and City Manager in St. John and Richmond Heights, Missouri. From there, he moved to St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he worked as City Manager for 3-1/2 years. From there he worked as a planning consultant for various non-profit organizations and municipalities until he accepted the position in Cape Coral. Because of his combination of education, experience and commitment to ongoing professional development, Carl has attained the status of “Credentialed Manager” from the International City Management Association (ICMA).  He was awarded the 2009 “Strategic Leadership Award” by the ICMA for his work in Lean Government.

In 2013, he was credited as one of the individuals instrumental in the Hertz Corporation’s decision to move from New Jersey to Southwest Florida.  Also, in 2014 he was named by Gulf Shore Business magazine as one of 36 people in Southwest Florida “who make things happen.”

Carl received his BS in Business Administration from St. Louis University, majoring in both accounting and marketing. He received his Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

In addition, in 2004 and 2005, Carl served as a “Sterling Examiner” through the Governor’s Sterling Council, an organization dedicated to continual quality and performance excellence in both the public and private sectors. He also has been an adjunct professor for Barry University, teaching a variety of public sector topics.

Carl is a long-time Rotarian – serving as President of two separate clubs, one as Charter President.  He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.  His wife, Brenda, is a Dental Hygiene Professor at Florida Southwestern State College and they have two daughters, Kristin, a revenue compliance analyst living in Cape Coral, and Courtney, a nurse living in Orlando.