Dublin Villager

Grigsby plans to retire after 25 years with Dublin

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Marsha Grigsby's 25th year with Dublin will be her last.

Dublin's city manager announced last week she plans to retire Jan. 30 after four years as administrative leader.

Grigsby came to Dublin in September 1989 after nine years with the state auditor's office and worked her way up from assistant finance director to director of finance by 1991.

"There have been all kinds of projects I've been involved in in Dublin that I don't think I would anywhere else," she said. "It's been good to be involved and know we're building a community."

Dublin looked very different when Grigsby started her career here, but she said past leaders set a plan that has worked well.

Being involved in nearly every municipal facility built in the city and every water tower but one has given Grigsby a look into local government most people can't imagine.

Her greatest accomplishment, however, comes from the financial side of things.

Grigsby said she's proudest of "where we are financially and how we've been able to keep up with growth."

When she arrived in the city there was no budget calendar. Grigsby quickly corrected that and saw the city through its first tax-increment financing, or TIF, district.

"(Former City Manager) Tim Hansley told us to figure out a goal and then how to get there," Grigsby said. "It was fun. I got to do all kinds of stuff and that's what makes it hard to leave."

When she took over for City Manager Terry Foegler in 2010, Grigsby said she had a list of things she wanted to get accomplished. The list grew, which also made retirement a difficult decision.

"It's extremely difficult to think about when is the right time," Grigsby said. "There are things I wanted to do, finish and be involved in."

Finishing Emerald Parkway and establishing a structure that will help Dublin maintain its aging infrastructure were high on Grigsby's list, along with getting the Bridge Street District plans to the starting line.

With those things in place, Grigsby said she is looking forward to traveling to see family and friends and doing fun things she's put off for work.

"It'll be nice not having to be somewhere every day," she said. "I'm happy to take a break.

"Hopefully I won't say I'm bored after one month."

The Dublin City Council Administrative Committee planned to meet this week to begin discussions on the search process and a timeline.

"Marsha will serve as city manager for seven more months, allowing City Council ample time to discuss the most effective process and to choose the best candidate for our community," Mayor Michael Keenan said in a news release from the city.

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