Erik Brechnitz Passes the Torch: Greg Folley Takes Chair of Marco Island City Council
Marco Island, FL – After three years of leading the Marco Island City Council, Erik Brechnitz has turned over the reins to Greg Folley. On December 5th, Folley was voted in as Chairman unanimously by his fellow councilors, while Councilor Grifoni was named Vice Chair.
Folley first joined the Council in 2020 as an interim councilor, chosen by the six sitting councilors to fill a vacated seat. The following November he ran unopposed and was elected to serve out the remaining two years of that term. This November he chose to run for a full four-year term and emerged as the top vote getter of the five candidates.
Folley brings a wealth of experience with him from his past corporate and legal responsibilities. He received an honorable medical discharge from the U.S Naval Academy in 1979, followed by a BS degree from Notre Dame in 1981 and a law degree in 1984. He had a 22-year career with Caterpillar Inc., rising through their ranks to President of one of their divisions before retiring in 2017 when he and his wife Margo moved fulltime to Marco Island.
In addition to his impressive qualifications, Folley is also passionate about giving back to his adopted home on Marco Island. “My wife and I just love it here and we just want to be a contributor to this wonderful place we call home," said Folley. "I’ve enjoyed my time on council as we work through the challenges being faced by any young community."
One such challenge will be implementing the Short Term Rental Registration Ordinance that was passed by referendum this year. Both Brechnitz and Folley expressed respect for their constituents’ wishes during their campaigns and were joined in their support by Councilors Blonna and Rola while Councilors Grifoni, Irwin and Palombo were opposed.
Folley will begin his tenure as Chairman at the January 9th meeting at 5:30 PM at 51 Bald Eagle Drive where other issues facing Marco Island will be discussed.