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Marco Island City Council elects Grifoni as vice-chair, Brechnitz to continue as chair

Marco Island City Council elected Jared Grifoni as its vice-chair on Nov. 4. In the picture, Grifoni looks towards the public after exchanging seats with Victor Rios, former vice-chair. Erik Brechnitz (left) was re-elected as chair.

Marco Island City Council elected Jared Grifoni as its vice-chair in a 5-2 vote and unanimously re-elected Erik Brechnitz as chair during Monday's council meeting. 

The change took effect immediately, prompting former vice-chair Victor Rios to exchange seats with Grifoni. Councilors Charlette Roman and Howard Reed voted against him.

Grifoni served as council's vice-chair from 2016 to 2017 and chair from 2017 to 2018, according to the city's website. He is the youngest person ever elected to the council.

Reed was the only other candidate for vice-chair but he did not win the majority of votes while Brechnitz was the sole candidate for chair.

Reed and Roman originally nominated each other as chair but both declined.

"For personal and health reasons I move to decline," Reed said after Roman nominated him as chair. 

"I'm not interested in serving as chair of this council," Roman said after Reed nominated her.

Council elects its chair and vice-chair yearly during the first meeting of November.