7 months in, Anna Maria building official resigns

A search for a new building official is again underway in Anna Maria.

David M. Greenbaum resigned his position effective July 13 to pursue other interests, according to Mayor Dan Murphy.

Greenbaum accepted the post Jan. 1, succeeding Jimmy Strickland, who was fired Nov. 30, 2017, after a unanimous vote of no confidence from city commissioners.

According to Murphy, Strickland’s multiple missteps resulted in a citywide loss for homeowners on the discounts earned from the National Flood Insurance Program that is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The building department will be short a full-time building official until Murphy decides on a candidate to fill the post.

According to the mayor, two people already were interviewed for the position and a third interview was lined up for the week ending July 13.

Murphy said he is seeking a candidate with experience and certification as a building code inspector, while also being a “jack-of-all-trades,” someone who can handle the tasks a small city requires.

He also wants to hire someone open to training.

Commissioners will have the final say on Murphy’s candidate at a city meeting.

In the meantime, Murphy brought in part-time contractor Joe Payne as a temporary building official, and made several organizational changes that became effective July 5.

Code enforcement employees now report to deputy clerk Debbie Haynes, while building department employees report to the mayor.

At a June 28 budget work session, the Anna Maria City Commission agreed to a 4 percent salary increase for the building official for 2018-19.

Greenbaum’s pay during his 6-plus months on the job was  $7,291.66 monthly.

He did not respond to multiple phone messages, including July 5 and July 6, asking for comment, and was not available at the city office.

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