Former City Manager Carl Schwing
Carl Schwing served as the City Manager from 2011-2018. He will be missed by many.
Posted on 09/30/2020
City HallOn behalf of the City of Bonita Springs City Council and staff, we regret to inform you that we have lost a great leader. Carl Schwing served as the City Manager from 2011-2018. He will be missed by many. Our community is brighter due to his time here. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Carl led his team as a family and that family extended to the residents of Bonita
Springs. There are many fond memories of Carl, whether he was dressed in a suit assisting a city council meeting, dressed up as monster for the haunted walk near Halloween, or sporting the Pete the Pelican costume for the City Wide Clean Up event, he was always present and giving 100 percent to the community that he led. In Carl’s last email to his staff before his retirement he said, “We have accomplished much, but I have learned over time that looking back should only be a limited activity, why?, because I don’t believe that we were meant to live in the past, we should look back to learn from our mistakes, savor our accomplishments, and relish our friendships with people we have encountered over time. Instead I think we were meant to look forward to recognizing new opportunities placed before us, apply what we have learned to accomplish many more great things and make additional friends. We know the past, we can’t change it, but the future, that is where adventures, mysteries and new undertakings lurk, waiting to be discovered and experienced, that is where our excitement lies. As I head off to the future, I hesitate in this one brief moment, to reminisce about all that we have done together, satisfied in knowing that we have made a positive difference in thousands of peoples’ lives. So, keep looking forward, and have some fun while you are at it. Thank you for who you are and what you have yet to do for this city.”

In parting, we turn Carl Schwing’s words back to him and say, thank you for who you are and for the work that you did, which continues to live on in our city every
day. Bonita Springs thanks you.

Carl Schwing