Former Mayors

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Name Occupation Term
J. Hamilton Gillespie Land Developer 1902-1907
J. B. Chapline Real Estate Agent 1907-1908
G. W. Franklin Furniture Store Owner 1908-1909
J. Hamilton Gillespie Land Developer 1909-1910
Hamden S. Smith Ice Company Owner 1910-1911
Harry H. Higel Land Developer 1911-1914
A. B. Edwards Realtor 1914-1916
Harry H. Higel Land Developer 1916-1917
G. W. Franklin Furniture Store Owner 1917-1919
A. B. Edwards Realtor 1919-1921
E. J. Bacon Real Estate & Insurance 1921-1931
E. A. Smith Abstract & Title Company 1931-1937
Verman Kimbrough Supt., Bd of Public Instr. 1937-1939
E. A. Smith Real Estate 1939-1945
J. Douglas Arnest Attorney 1945-1948
J. Fite Robertson Attorney 1948-1951
John L. Early Attorney 1951-4/53
Leroy T. Fenne Owner-Sarasota Hotel 4/53-12/53
Ben Hopkins, Jr. Automobile Agcy. Owner 1953-1955
John D. Kicklighter Hardware Store Owner 1955-1956
A. Ray Howard Automobile Agcy. Owner 1956-1957
Frank L. Hoersting Retired 1957-1958
Col. Fred W. Dennis Retired 1958-1959
Frank Hoersting Retired 1959-1960
Marshall E. Marable Grocery Store Owner 1960-1961
John 0. Binns Mgr., Land O'Sun Dairy 1961-1962
Herschel C. Hayo Laundry & Hardware Store 1962-1964
David Cohen Specialty Company Owner 1964-1966
Jack Betz Vice Pres. Construction Co. 1966-1969
D. William Overton Bank President 1969-1970
Jack Betz (John C.) V.P. Richmond Construction 1970-1971
Gerald E. Ludwig Insurance 1971-1972
Fred E. Soto Optician 1972-1973
.J. "Tony" Saprito Fruit Grower & Shipper 1973-1975
Elmer G. Berkel School Psychologist 1975-1976
Ronald Norman Professional Design Assoc. 1976-1978
Elmer G. Berkel School Psychologist 1978-1979
Fred E. Soto Soto Opticians 1979-1981
Ronald W. Norman Professional Design Assoc. 1981-1982
Rita J. Roehr Roehr's Machine Shop 1982-1983
Annie M. Bishopric Not employed 1983-1984
Lou Ann Palmer School Teacher 1984-1985
William G. Kline Dir. Student Affairs, USF 1985-1986
Kerry G. Kirschner Blue Heron Fruit Shippers 1986-1987
Fredd G. Atkins Road Contractor/Marketing 1987-1988
Rita J. Roehr Machine Shop Owner 1988-1989
Lou Ann Palmer School Teacher 1989-1990
Kerry G. Kirschner Blue Heron Fruit Shippers 1990-1991
Fredd G. Atkins Road Contractor/Marketing 1991-1992
Jack Gurney Journalist 1992-1993
Gene M. Pillot Retired Superintendent of Schools 1993-1994
Nora Patterson Real Estate 1994-1995
David Merrill Real Estate Developer 1995-1996
Mollie C. Cardamone Childrens World, Owner 1996-1997
Gene M. Pillot Retired Superintendent of Schools 1997-1998
Jerome Dupree Minister 1998-1999
Mollie C. Cardamone Childrens World, Owner 1999-2000
Gene M. Pillot Retired Superintendent of Schools 2000-2001
Albert F. Hogle Retired Police Officer 2001-2001
Carolyn J. Mason Administrator 2001-2003
Lou Ann Palmer Retired School Teacher 2003-2004
Richard F. Martin Residential/Commercial Planner 2004-2005
Mary Anne Servian Banking 2005-2006
Fredd G. Atkins Teacher 2006-2007
Lou Ann Palmer Retired School Teacher 2007-2009
Richard Clapp Retired Engineer 2009-2010
Kelly Kirschner Product Manager 2010-2011
Suzanne Atwell Licensed Mental Health Professional 2011-2013
Shannon Snyder Retired Sarasota County Sheriffs Deputy 2013-2014
Willie Charles Shaw Retired U.S. Postal Service 2014-2017
Shelli Freeland Eddie Attorney 2017-2018