By Jane Smith

The Delray Beach City Commission can still hold its termination hearing of suspended City Manager George Gretsas at 10 a.m. Nov. 20, a Palm Beach County circuit judge decided.

"It's not in the public interest for the court to get involved in city business," Judge John Kastrenakes ruled at the end of a one-hour virtual hearing on Nov. 17.

Kastrenakes denied a temporary injunction to block the hearing, saying "loss of a job is not irreparable harm." Gretsas, he said, can sue to collect damages.

Gretsas hired two new attorneys in October and sued the city and commissioners on Nov. 10 to stop the hearing from taking place. The suit said Gretsas had not received all records requested and that Mayor Shelly Petrolia should be barred from participating.

Delray Beach filed its response on Nov. 13, saying it had provided most of the requested documents.

Also included was an opinion from a lawyer with the Florida Ethics Commission that Petrolia could participate because doing so would not financially benefit her or her family.

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