Will consider a promotion to full-time status in 2014
By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- Last week, Sebastian City Council unanimously appointed the sitting airport director to be the city's interim manager starting in December.
The council discussed naming airport director Joe Griffin to the city manager position permanently, but stopped short of the decision at the urging of councilmembers Andrea Coy and Jim Hill.
Out-going Sebastian City Manager Al Minner formally completed negotiations and discussions with the city of Leesburg for the position of city manager there, and announced his resignation to the council during the Nov. 13.
Mr. Griffin will start as interim city manager on Dec. 12, and Mr. Minner's last day will be Dec. 13.
"It has been truly an honor to serve you all," Mr. Minner said.
He said he was proud of the accomplishments he and the city council have been able to accomplish during his tenure with Sebastian.
Mr. Minner said the community is "wonderful" and the city is in "excellent financial shape" and was wholeheartedly behind the appointment of Mr. Griffin as interim city manager.
He advised the council to make a list of what would be expected from Mr. Griffin, as well as a salary and benefits package, as well as job assurances should the council pick someone else to fulfill the city manager position full-time.
All of the council members agreed that Mr. Griffin was a highly-qualified candidate for a permanent city manager position, but Councilwoman Coy and Councilman Hill were both against rushing into a decision to put Mr. Griffin in that position before talking with him about his vision for the city, whether he even wanted the position and seeing his resume.
At different times during the discussion, Mayor Bob McPartlan, Councilman Jerome Adams and Councilman Richard Gillmor all voiced their support for Mr. Griffin permanently in the position, but ultimately when a motion was on the floor, no one provided a second.
Councilwoman Coy said she was very glad to have someone like Mr. Griffin on staff who could be called on for the job. As she will be out of town for much of December, she was grateful that the council didn't rush into a decision to name him permanently because she wanted to be involved in the process of developing goals and a plan for choosing a city manager.
The details of Mr. Griffin's compensation as interim city manager will be decided in a future meeting, with suggestions from Mr. Minner.
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