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City interviewing candidates today

Indian Rocks Beach hopes to select an interim city manager this evening. Commissioners will do a bigger search for a permanent manager later.

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA
Published July 27, 2005


INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - With only two months left to approve a budget for the coming year, the city commission is wasting no time finding a temporary replacement for departing City Manager John Coffey.

The commission will interview four candidates today, beginning at 4 p.m.

The interview times for the interim city manager candidates are:

4 p.m.: Ralph O. Bowers, who previously served as city manager in Jasper, Lake City and Bartow. He also worked at Waste Management of Leon County and at a number of defense-related companies in Hawaii, Alabama and Florida, including five years on the Apollo space project.

5 p.m.: Pamela Brangaccio, a Treasure Island resident who most recently served as manager for Bay County. Previously, she was assistant county administrator for Charlotte County, city manager for Safety Harbor, and assistant city manager in West Palm Beach.

6 p.m.: Don Lusk, currently town administrator for nearby Redington Shores. Previously, he was village administrator in Angel Fire, N.M., as well as city manager in Pinellas Park and Wilton Manors, Fla., and in East Ridge and Spring City, Tenn. He was Collier County manager from 1984 to 1987.

7 p.m.: Al Grieshaber Jr., who most recently was Sanford city manager. He previously was city attorney for Albany, Ga., and served in a series of legal posts for the U.S. Marines, including as executive assistant to the commanding general of Camp Butler in Okinawa, Japan. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1964 to 1987, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

After the interviews, the commission hopes to select one of the candidates to run the city while the commission conducts a more extensive search for Coffey's permanent replacement.

Coffey resigned earlier this month after coming under fire for his management of the city. His last day is Friday, but he has agreed to work with the commission and the incoming interim city manager during the budget review process.