Marco City Council elects new leaders with little ado

Cheryl Ferrara special to the Eagle
Newly elected Marco Island City Council Chairman Jerry Gibson, left, and Vice Chairman Larry Magel join hands and forces as they took over their new responsibilities on Tuesday.

Cheryl Ferrara special to the Eagle Newly elected Marco Island City Council Chairman Jerry Gibson, left, and Vice Chairman Larry Magel join hands and forces as they took over their new responsibilities on Tuesday.

Marco Island’s City Council leadership changed quickly and painlessly.

After a few words of appreciation, past chairman Frank Recker used his final moments as council’s head to initiate nominations.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have served,” he said. “It was a learning experience, a good experience. I appreciate your confidence and trust.”

He immediately nominated Vice Chairman Jerry Gibson for the chairman’s position. Joe Batte nominated Councilor Bill Trotter. Nominations were closed with a roll call vote.

Gibson was elected 5-1 with Batte voting against. Councilor Chuck Kiester was absent.

Recker then nominated Chairman Larry Magel for vice chairman. Wayne Waldack nominated Trotter. After nominations were closed, Magel stepped into the position with a 5-1 vote. Waldack voted against.

“I’m honored,” said newly elected Chairman Gibson. “This is a very august group.”

Gibson said his leadership style would be a bit different from his predecessor, Recker.

“I believe the chairman should speak last and use his position to facilitate conversation among councilors,” he said.

Newly elected Vice Chairman Magel thanked Recker for his service to council.

“Thanks for a year of tough service,” Magel said about Recker after the elections. “Thanks for all your efforts on behalf of the citizens of Marco Island.”

When asked about his year as vice chairman, Magel smiled.

“I hope Jerry stays healthy,” he quipped.

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Comments » 7

happy6 writes:

so we have an individual that can't pay his bills as chairman....way to go council.

RayPray writes:

"...said newly elected Chairman Gibson. “This is a very august group.”

>>> Beyond lampoon!

marcofriend writes:

More interesting is before the election the discussion between Gibson and Magel as to which side of Gibson that Magel will sit...........
Of course our Council Members are mind readers and would know ahead of time the outcome. Thank goodness there are never discussions in the shade.

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

in response to happy6:

so we have an individual that can't pay his bills as chairman....way to go council.

Must be job qualification. 2 out of last 3 same problem. Not good.

deltarome writes:

MMafia is in firm control over council again.

OldMarcoMan writes:

What ever,,,,
I know three people who will NEVER be Chairman, Wayne, Chuck, and Joe. Trotter wont get the Job again and that leaves Frank to be Mayor, the job he wanted from the start.

Is_It_True_Partially_True_Or_Not_True (Inactive) writes:

Maybe more black T shirts to represent us!

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