Coyle voted to unprecedented third term as commission chair

Collier County commissioners voted 3 to 2 to elect Commissioner Fred Coyle to an unprecedented third term as commission chairman Tuesday. Commissioners Tom Henning and Georgia Hiller dissented.

The decision came after a heated discussion. Commissioner Jim Coletta, who is currently the commissioners’ vice chairman, told his fellow commissioners he did not think he should be chairman because he is running for office. He stressed the need to keep politics out of the chairmanship.

But Henning said Coyle has done nothing but play politics since he has been chairman, and accused Coyle of supporting his opponent, William “Bill” McDaniel, in the District 3 commission race. He said if the commissioners didn’t want it to be political, they should pick Hiller.

Hiller said she thought three terms was too much for one commissioner to be chairman. She thought the board members should rotate in leadership so that every district has the opportunity to hold the chairmanship.

Other commissioners disagreed and named Coyle chairman. They also voted 3 to 2 to keep Coletta as vice chairman.

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