INDIAN ROCKS BEACH -- Indian Rocks Beach commissioners on July 27 selected Al Grieshaber, Jr., as its intermim city manager, replacing John Coffey who has resigned.
While the selection is on an interim basis, the job could materialize into full time if all is satisfactory, Mayor Bill Ockunzzi said.
Grieshaber has been city manager in Sanford and previously worked as city attorney for Albany, Ga.
A retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, Grieshaber spent 23 years in the military. He graduated from Penn State and has a master's degree from Georgetown and graduated from Washburn (Kansas) Law School.
The commissioners interviewed four candidates last Wednesday and made the selection after the interviews.
Among those interviewed was Don Lusk, now town administrator in Redington Shores. His job has been abolished effective at the end of September.
Others interviewed were Ralph Bowers, who has worked in Jasper, Fla., Lake City and Bartow, and Pamela Brangaccio, a Treasure Island resident, who was a city manager in Bay County in Northwest Florida, and also worked in Charlotte County and Safety Harbor.
Coffey left city employ last Friday but will be around on a consultancy basis as he helps shepherd through the city's 2006 budget.
He had been under fire since late winter. It all began with an investigation of his firing of a city employee. That led to criticism of Coffey and an exodus of employees from the city.
The city's director of planning and development left, as well as his assistant and Mary Karayianes, the finance director and human resources officer departed most recently. She left for a similar job in Indian Shores.
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