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.”
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.