Carl L. Schwing
Before being appointed as the City Manager of Bonita Springs, Carl served the City of Cape Coral in the capacity of Assistant City Manager from July 2000 to June 2011. During this time he had assignments that included Acting City Manager, Acting Human Resource Director, Acting Finance Services Director, Acting Community Development Director and most recently, Acting Economic Development Director.
From July 2002, to July 2005, he served as the Community Development Director for the City of Cape Coral-the 5th fastest growing city in the United States at the time in cities over 100,000 population. His 160 person department was responsible for the City’s planning, zoning, building permitting and inspections functions during the most dramatic growth period in the city’s history. He was promoted to Assistant City Manager in July 2005.
He 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, Mo., and City Manager in St. John and Richmond Heights, Mo. From there, he moved to St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he served as City Manager for 3-1/2 years. From there he served 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, along with the Cape Coral City Manager Terry Stewart, was awarded the 2009 “Strategic Leadership Award” by the ICMA for his work in Lean Government.
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.
While with the City of Cape Coral, Carl graduated from both the Leadership Cape Coral and Advanced Leadership Cape Coral programs and served on the Cape Coral Leadership Advisory Board. 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 was a Rotarian for over 15 years-serving as President of two separate clubs, one as Charter President. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
His wife Brenda is a Dental Hygienist and his two daughters- Kristin, is an Accounts Receivable Analyst in Atlanta, and Courtney, is a Special Education Teacher in the St. Petersburg Area.