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Delray Beach city leaders approve new contract for city manager

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 17:59:00-04

DELRAY BEACH, FLa.  — Delray Beach has a new city manager after months of searching. The decision comes after negotiations fell through with the city’s first choice two weeks ago.

George Gretsas's contract was approved with a 3-2 vote by city commissioners. The city has been without a city manager since March.

“I am so glad this has finally come to an end for our city,” said resident Kelly Barrette.

Gretsas comes to Delray Beach from Homestead where he has been the city manager for nine years.

His contract didn’t come without disagreement.

Commissioners Shirley Johnson and Adam Frankel were the two “no” votes. Johnson said the city had other alternatives and she felt the city was settling.

Gretsas will make $265,000 without a raise for two years, he will have 30 days vacation and 15 sick days, a car allowance of $750 a month, a phone allowance of $100 a month, and he cannot be fired within 90 days of an election.

Mayor Shelly Petrolia said Gretsas was willing to negotiate with the city, unlike the city’s former pick Michael Cernech.

“He is going to take us and lead us into the future like we have never seen before and I am looking forward to it,” she added.

A starting date has not been set for Gretsas. Interim Delray Beach City Manger Neil de Jesus will return to the fire department once Gretsas starts as the city manager.