Investing in Osceola County is nothing new for County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb. Since moving to Kissimmee during her second grade year, Grieb has been involved in the community around her, a trait her mother instilled and encouraged her to develop.
As a professional, Grieb took her mother’s lead and obtained her real estate license in 1986. At the age of 24, she purchased her mother’s real estate company, Pioneer Realty, and began a highly successful career that field. Shortly thereafter, Grieb opened her own real estate company, Olde Kissimmee Realty, which specializes in historic properties across the county.
With a lengthy list of accolades and accomplishments, Commissioner Grieb has been active in leadership roles at both the county and state for a variety of professional organizations and projects. Some of these include serving as the immediate past chairperson for the Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity (GOPEP), Past President of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS a graduate of Leadership Osceola. At the state level, she is the past chairperson for the Smart Growth Council for the Florida Association of Realtors and serves on the State and Local Taxation Committee. Among her many accolades are where receiving the Realtor of the Year award in 2001 from the Osceola County Association of Realtors and the 2011 “Voice for Equality” award from Equality Florida.
Before her election as county commissioner to represent District 4 in 2008, Grieb served as a City Commissioner and Vice Mayor for the City of Kissimmee, completing her term there before taking the County Commissioner’s seat. This experience in both the city and county level of public service gives her a unique perspective on the challenges faced by Osceola County government and residents.
When asked about the recent gas tax hike and the many negative comments received by the commissioners’ office, her response revealed how Grieb approaches her position as a County Commissioner. She stated, “I was elected to make decisions to do what is best for the county overall, not to make decisions that help my political career. This gas tax will fund many needed transportation projects, since nearly 80 million dollars in impact fees have been waived over the last few years. That said, there is still a lot of work to be done, so now it’s time to make hard choices.”
Grieb elaborates that her top priority is to help improve quality of life here in Osceola County in the following areas: transportation, jobs, parks, and lakes, though not necessarily this order. Her one wish is that both city councils, the county commission and school board can work together to forge solutions that will improve the county for its citizens and its future.