Mayor Bill Barnett, affectionately known as Mayor Bill, has served a combined 12 years on City Council and also a dozen collective years as Mayor. In March of 2016, he was elected to serve his fourth term.
After moving to Naples in 1973 and establishing a Toyota-BMW dealership, Barnett sold the business to the Germains 10 years later. In 1984, when he was just 44 years old, Barnett was elected the youngest City Council member.
Some of his greatest civic achievements include founding the Guardian Ad Litem program in Collier County, being dubbed the Naples Daily News Citizen of The Year in 1992, and in 2005, he was named one of the Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life Magazine.
Mayor Bill is currently chairman of the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida's Advisory Board and continues to be active in many other organizations around town. As a celebrity auctioneer, Barnett has raised millions of dollars for local charities. And on March 4 2012, he was the recipient of the annual Community Leadership Award from Beth Tikvah Synagogue.
Mayor Bill and his wife, Chris, have five children and eight grandchildren.
From there, Michelle continued her education which led her to earn a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Finance from Florida Gulf Coast University. Michelle has lived and worked in the City of Naples for over 20 years and has stayed actively involved in community service. Most notably, Michelle served as executive director of the Park Shore Association for over five years and served as chair of the Community Services Advisory Board for the City of Naples. She is also a proud graduate of Leadership Collier 2014.