Originally from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Marlon Brown received his Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and his Master’s degree from Georgia Tech.
In 1988 and 1989, he served as a Management Trainee with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at the now destroyed World Trade Center Complex.
In 1993, Marlon joined the Tallahassee/Leon County Planning Department (Florida) as a Transportation Planner, and within a year, quickly rose to the top position of Transportation Planning Administrator and Metropolitan Planning Organization Administrator. In this position he was responsible for or assisted in the planning, management, negotiation and coordination of multi-million-dollar transportation projects in Leon County, leading to successful design and construction. Marlon played an integral role in creating the statewide process that provided cities and counties the ability to fund transportation projects in advance of their scheduled construction date.
In 1999, Marlon was promoted to Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Tallahassee. Under the mentorship of the nationally renowned City Manager, Anita Favors Thompson he honed his public service skills in city/county management, learning how to handle the daily challenges he will encounter.
This led to Marlon being appointed as the County Administrator for Gadsden County, Florida in 2005. Here, Marlon launched an intensive and highly successful capital improvement effort in the County and was also appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to serve on the State of Florida Blueprint Commission on Juvenile Justice to improve Florida’s Juvenile Justice System.
Marlon is currently the City Manager for the City of Sarasota. He holds/held numerous certifications in public administration and memberships in many professional/public/civic entities. He also serves on the Board of the United Way Suncoast and chairs the United Way’s Community Impact Committee.
In his free time, Brown enjoys sports, traveling, exploring Sarasota’s diverse cultural, recreational and culinary offerings and spending time with his family.