By Dawn Krebs
PORT ST. LUCIE -- For the second time in less than a year, there is a new interim city manager. At the Feb. 11 meeting, the Port St. Lucie City Council unanimously approved for the assistant city manager, Jeff Bremer, to step into the position recently vacated by Greg Oravec.
"I just want to truly thank you," said Michelle Berger, city councilwoman, to Mr. Bremer. "I thank you for the professional transition you're making with the department heads."
Mr. Oravec's last day was Feb. 8, when he reached an amicable separation agreement between himself and the city. Earlier in the year, Mr. Oravec had released emails indicating he was experiencing working difficulties with some members of the city council.
Mr. Bremer was hired by Mr. Oravec in December. Originally from Michigan, Mr. Bremer brings 34 years of public administration experience to the position.
He holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in political science.
His dedication to public service is a family event. His grandfather served as a mayor in Muskegon, Mich., and his sons have also served in city government.
"I have no interest in being the city manager, and I will not be applying for the position," he said during the meeting. "But I will certainly help and assist."
When a new city manager is found, Mr. Bremer will return to his position as the assistant city manager.