INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - It appears Al Grieshaber, the Indian Rocks Beach city manager, is out seeking another job.
Grieshaber's last exploration of the market occurred in late May when Mayor Bill Ockunzzi discovered in the Citrus Times that Grieshaber was listed among candidates to fill the county administrator job in Citrus County.
Nothing to it, perfectly happy in Indian Rocks Beach Grieshaber said then.
He had been officially in office about three months after lots of negotiating and wrangling over his salary and benefits.
A story in the Orlando Sentinel last week revealed that Grieshaber is one of 18 candidates for the job of city administrator in Tavares, a city near Orlando.
According to the Sentinel story, the Tavares City Council was scheduled this week to hear presentations from three head-hunting agencies before selecting one to help in the selection of an administrator.
Another job hunting expedition by Grieshaber was turned up with the discovery, in the Osceola Press-Gazette, that he was seeking a job in St. Cloud in January.
That was at the time that he was in the midst of final negotiations with Indian Rocks Beach in a job that he eventually took in March.
Grieshaber first landed in Indian Rocks Beach as the interim manager following the departure of John Coffey who had a rocky tenure as IRB's city manager.
Since Tom Brobeil left the IRB position (because of, he said, lots of interference from commission members) and went to Gulfport, the Indian Rocks Beach manager situation has been an anything but stable.
Grieshaber, after months of filling the position, was told in December he would be hired, pending the completion of a contract.
Then followed a protracted session of meetings with offers, counter-offers, counter-counter offers and counter-counter-counter offers.
The negotiating rivaled the titanic battles between Babe Ruth and Jack Ruppert of the Yankees, of great historical lore.
Finally, in a confusing end to it all, Grieshaber was hired at $84,000 a year, plus some benefits. That was $20,000 less than his original asking price (which included housing, and all kinds of additional expenses, plus a huge severance package).
The Orlando area is familiar territory to Grieshaber, who served as city manager in Sanford.
Tavares lost its administrator, Dottie Keedy, who went to work as Lake County's director of economic growth and development, according to the Sentinel.
According to the paper, the Tavares job Grieshaber is seeking pays $80,500 to $120,750.
In May, after the Citrus County scenario, Jose Coppen, an IRB commissioner, questioned Grieshaber's loyalty. Grieshaber assured one and all he loved Indian Rocks Beach and was perfectly happy.
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