The Town Manager is a chartered position reporting to the Town Council. The Town Manager is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Town, and guides the department heads for Public Safety, Building/Planning & Zoning, Public Works, Accounting and the Postal Center. The Town Manager and Town Clerk work closely to ensure that optimum service is provided to our residents.
Joe Griffin Town Manager
Joe Griffin was appointed as Town Manager on February 11, 2019. He was appointed by the Council following Robbie Stabe's retirement after serving the Town since October 1990.
Mr. Griffin operates under the open door policy, and is ready to hear what the residents and business owners have to say. To see an overview of the Town's status, please click here for the Town's Annual Report.
Executive Asst. Michelle Fentress
Assisting the Town Manager is Michelle Fentress, hired in July 2017. She works closely with both
the Manager and Town Clerk. Michelle is the primary contact for the Community Center (scheduling and rebuild), the Town Manager's daily activities and special projects, and the liaison for Republic Services. Her phone number is 231-1771 extension 128, or you could try extension 121 for the Town Clerk, Laura Aldrich.
TheTown Clerk is a chartered position, under the direction of the Town Manager, which reports to the Town Council. Our Town Clerk is Laura Aldrich,
Laura Aldrich Town Clerk
a Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) who was appointed by the Council in August 2005.
The Town Clerk is the custodian of the Town seal and of the official records of the Town. In addition to serving as Clerk to the Town Council, some of the other duties of the Town Clerk include attending and producing minutes from all Council meetings and board or committee meetings, coordinating Town elections, providing Notary Services, maintaining this website, managing the Town's Cemetery and working closely with other departments. Laura is committed to serving our residents and is here to assist you.
Laura has been a member of the Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC) and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) since 1998. This brief video illuminates what municipal clerks are and what they do across the county, state, nation and the world. As of 2018, there are less than 1,400 master municipal clerks worldwide.
The official Town Council minutes from 2010 - current are found on the Minutes page. For historical Council minutes or those from the Planning, Zoning & Variance Board, the Finance Committee, Code Enforcement Board or Pension Boards, please contact the Town Clerk.
The Code of Ordinances is located under the Government tab.
In 2018, Town Council authorized an assistant to the Town Clerk, and Michelle ("Chelley") Pallo began in that position in December 2018. She is in the reception area of the Town Administration office, and can assist callers and walk-in residents with information, copies, faxes, and notarization services alongside with the Town Clerk as they work as a team to ensure excellent support for the elected officials, residents, staffand other agencies near Indian River Shores.
The Finance Department is responsible for coordination, supervision and administration of all financial operations of the Town. Darlene Wiltzius, has been with the Town since May 2007, and Heather Christmas is a Certified Public Accountant who has been with the Town since November 2012. They share responsibility for accounting; financial analyses and reporting, audit coordination and assistance; budgeting; tax return preparation; bookkeeping functions; and insurance administration.
For budgets and audited financial statements, please see this page on our website. Following completion of the audit of the Town's finances for each Fiscal Year, the audited financial statements are reported to the Finance Committee and then the Town Council, usually by March each year.
Heather Christmas, CPA, Town Treasurer
This link to the State of Florida Retirement Plans website leads to both general information for the public and specific information for employees. Please note the instructions in the third paragraph of that page on how to access information specific to the Town of Indian River Shores' plan.
To reach Darlene or Heather directly, call (772) 231-1771, extension 131 or 132.
The Town’s Postal Center has been operating since 1973, initially as a Contract Branch until January 2007, when it became a commercial mail facility for the Town. Kara Marescaand Kimberly Walsh share postal clerk duties under the supervision and with occasional assistance from Darlene Wiltzius. They provide essential window services, packaging assistance, forward mail and sort customer's incoming mail into rented postal boxes at this facility.
As is true with all staff at Town Hall, the Postal Center is committed to giving special attention to the individual needs of each resident and customer.
The hours of operation of the Postal Center are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is open during lunch.
The last mail pickup from the Postal Center is 3:30 p.m. For your convenience, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has a mail drop box in our circular driveway, as does UPS. There is no Federal Express drop box at the Municipal Complex, but one is nearby at the Oakbrook office building next to CVS drug store, north east corner (at the back left when facing the building).
Private Mail Boxes are available for rent to residents or the general public with a 6 or 12-month agreement in three sizes. Click here for more information on the Postal Center or here for a price list of packaging materials or services.
The Building Department webpageis full of helpful information for homeowners and contractors. Please click on the link to the left or the image below.
We respect your email privacy as much as possible. E-mail addressess may be requested as a public record under Florida Statutes Chapter 119. If you do not want your email address to have the potential to become public information, please call us at 772-231-1771, ext. 121 instead.