Robert Baldwin is former director of administration for the Broward Sheriff’s Office and assistant city manager in Hollywood, Florida. He received his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Florida. For nearly four decades, Robert Baldwin has worked as city manager for different Florida cities, serving as city manager of Dania Beach, Florida, since 2009. Between 1978 and 1986, he was an assistant city manager in Fort Lauderdale.
As an assistant city manager in the mid-1980s, Mr. Baldwin was a part of an effort to fend off graffiti artists who were vandalizing the Spring Break wall located on State Road A1A. Led by police chief Ron Cochran, the effort involved more than a thousand art students who were allowed to use the wall as an avenue for self-expression before the spray-paint graffiti artists could do more damage to public property.
The participating art students came from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, a school dedicated to training aspiring commercial and graphic artists, fashion illustrators, and interior designers, among others. According to Cochran, it was hoped that getting art students involved in the project would serve as positive peer pressure to minimize the occurrence of graffiti on the 2,500-foot wall.