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Oldsmar City Council picks Al Braithwaite for city manager

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The Oldsmar City Council ended a year-long search for its next city manager after selecting Al Braithwaite with a unanimous vote Thursday.

Braithwaite has been working for the city since 1999 and has been the director of administrative services since 2010. The USF alumnus has a Master’s in Public Administration and beat out dozens of applicants from across the country for the job.

Before starting in Oldsmar, Braithwaite held positions in Largo, Clearwater and Madeira Beach.

Exiting city manager Bruce Haddock, who has held the position for 31 years, announced his intention to retire almost a year ago. With Braithwaite taking the reins in October, he won’t have to miss his planned January 2018 retirement date.

“I think the council made the right choice,” Haddock said of his successor.

Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis said picking Braithwaite for the job will make for an easy transition from Haddock, and also said the new city manager was “in lockstep” with council priorities.

“I am extremely honored and excited to have received the support during this process from the Council, employees and community,” Braithwaite said. “In continuing Bruce’s legacy, I hope to be able to live up to the challenge of providing the quality of services our residents and businesses have come to expect.”

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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