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  • Jim Riviere, 68, went from being chairman of the Marco Island Planning Board to leading the city as the new interim city manager.
  • It's all smiles as Marco Island City Council names interim-City Manager Jim Riviere, center, the permanent city manager effective Tuesday at Monday night's council meeting. Utility Director Rony Joel and City Clerk Laura Litzan grin along with him.
  • Newly selected interim City Manager Jim Riviere, left, speaks with City Councilman Bill Trotter, following the unanimous decision by council on Friday morning to put Riviere in the top spot of the city, at least temporarily.
  • Chairman of the Charter Review Committee, James Riviere, received accolades from City Council for keeping proposed changes to the City Charter, which may make the January 2010 ballot, clear and concise.
  • Wait, you mean we don't have to be here? Jim Riviere says his candidate, Ted Forcht, didn't realize he could opt out of a recount of the Marco election ballots. Riviere, acting as Forcht's representative and campaign treasurer during the recount Thursday, announced they would move ahead at this point anyway.
  • Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere
  • Campaign treasurer for the Ted Forcht campaign, Jim Riviere, reviews the final Marco Island City Council election results Thursday at the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office in Naples with the top vote-getter Larry Magel. The recount revealed Magel, Joe Batte and Chuck Kiester won.
  • Jim Riviere is among four or five Marco residents who kept a watchful eye on the Marco election ballot recount Thursday. He was shocked that so many voters didn't choose a candidate at all and only voted on amendments.
  • Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere
  • Representing the defeated candidate Ted Forcht, campaign treasurer Jim Riviere, left, shares a laugh with Marco council elect Larry Magel Thursday as final election results following a recount are about to be announced by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections.
  • City Manager Steve Thompson gets a hug from his wife Chris on Monday night after council decides in a 4-3 vote to fire Thompson after his two years of service. The decision is effective within 30 days, sooner by Thompson's choice or may be reversed in a call for a hearing by Thompson made within the next five days.
  • Charter Review Committee Chairman Jim Riviere is applauded by Vice Chairman Frank Recker for being among the few to keep his cool during heated debates over amending the City Charter at Monday’s council meeting. “Is it the blue pill or red pill?” joked Chairman Rob Popoff.
  • Ted Forcht, Vice-President and Director of Forcht Group of Kentucky celebrated his upcoming nuptials on Gasparilla Island in Florida with a weekend long fishing/Executive Retreat where the groom-to-be caught a 100lb Tarpon.  Joining Ted was his father Terry E. Forcht, President Forcht Group of Kentucky, Chuck Rapier, Secretary Forcht Group of Kentucky, the best man Larry Clark, Floyd Lilly, Dr. Jim Riviere, Everett (Butch) Wray, Mark Nemeth, Phil Dougherty, Austin Wheeler, Julius Maure and David Boca.  
Ted is marrying Jennifer Brunette of Marco Island, Florida and Chicago Illinois on September 15, 2007.  The wedding will take place in Lexington, KY at the family thoroughbred horse farm Rhineshire Farm.  Several national, state, and local dignitaries will be in attendance.
The Forchts, including Bogey their black lab and Wolfgang their German Shephard, are making their home on Marco Island Florida where Ted is a City Councilman and Jennifer is a graphic designer.

Marco Island interim City Manager Jim Riviere becomes the permanent city manager

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