Friday, July 12, 2024

Gretsas Claims Petrolia Has Conflict of Interest in Firing

Suspended Delray Beach City Manager George Gretsas wants Mayor Shelly Petrolia to recuse herself from the Oct. 23 meeting at which the city commission will decide whether to fire Gretsas.

In a letter Wednesday, Gretsas’ attorney told City Attorney Lynn Gelin that Petrolia has a conflict that should prevent her from voting. Petrolia is under investigation for possible charter violations. Those allegations came from Gretsas, regarding what Carmen Rodriguez called “improper directives to staff,” including Gretsas.

At this point, Gretsas said, Petrolia stands to gain improperly if the commission fires Gretsas. To “protect the interests of the city,” Rodriguez said, Gelin should tell Petrolia that she cannot participate.

The vote to suspend Gretsas was 3-2, with Petrolia in the majority. There was no immediate comment from Petrolia or Gelin. I’ll have more in my Thursday post.

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Randy Schultz
Randy Schultz
Randy Schultz, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, has been a South Florida journalist since 1974. He worked for The Miami Herald until 1976 and for The Palm Beach Post from 1976 until 2014, where he served as managing editor and editorial page editor. Since 2014, he has written a politics blog, commentaries and other articles for Boca magazine. His writing has earned first-place awards from the Florida Magazine Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. Randy has lived in Boca Raton with his wife, Shelley Huff-Schultz, since 1985. His son, daughter-in-law and their three children also live in Boca Raton.

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