Foley’s mayor and City Council continue to implement a progressive and innovative agenda. They work with the city’s well-trained staff to attract new businesses, improve infrastructure, expand the area’s economic base and improve the overall quality of life of the citizens of Foley.
Wayne Trawick was re-elected to serve as councilmember for District 1 and as Council President in September 2016.
Vera Quaites was re-elected to serve as councilmember for District 2 in 2016. She is a lifelong resident of Foley where she attended Aaronville schools and graduated from high school in 1972. Vera went on to graduate from Robertsdale Vocational School in the Nursing Assistance Program in 1979. Vera was employed at the Foley Nursing Home and the South Baldwin Hospital for years as a nursing assistant. She went on to work at Delphi Mechatronic Systems, formerly Packard Hughes Interconnect, for more than 19 years as a wire harness supervisor and later as human resources supervisor. Vera is currently employed with Spectrum Resorts, LLC.
Vera is a member of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as the financial secretary.
Ralph Hellmich was re-elected to serve as councilmember for District 3 and as Council President Pro Tem in 2012. He is a lifelong resident of Foley where he attended Foley High School and graduated as class president in 1975. He went on to receive a bachelor of science for petroleum geology at the University of Alabama.
He is currently employed with the State of Alabama Oil and Gas Board as the operations supervisor for Southern Alabama, including coastal waters. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Alabama Geological Society and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He has also traveled abroad as a representative of the State of Alabama and the federal government to train start-up Asian Republics on the interaction of government and industry operations.
Ralph is married to Jo McGill Hellmich. They have three children and one grandchild. He has served in various civic and school organizations, and on school and church boards. He serves as council representative on the Riviera Utilities Board and the Foley Planning Commission.
Rick Blackwell was first elected to serve as councilmember for District 4 in 2008. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Rick retired from Goodrich Aerospace Inc. in 2006 after 20 years of service. He served as president of the Foley Lions Club, president of South Baldwin Dixie Youth Girls Softball League and the president of South Baldwin Dixie Youth Boys Baseball. Rick was one of the original committee members and a coach who formed the Foley Soccer League. Rick has also served as a committee member for the Ivan Jones Scholarship.
Rick has been married to his wife, Sherri, for 37 years and they have four children and 14 grandchildren. He currently serves as president of the Monteith Oaks Homeowners Association and is a member of Foley First Baptist Church. He loves horses and is a life member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Charlie Ebert was re-elected to serve as councilmember for District 5 in September 2012. A lifelong resident of Foley, he graduated from Foley High School, then attended Faulkner State Community College and graduated from Auburn University. Charlie is the president of Ebert Agency, Inc., founded in 1928 by Charles J. Ebert, Sr. He is a past president of South Baldwin Jaycees, Foley Optimist and Foley Rotary. He received Rotary’s highest honor of Paul Harris Fellow. Charlie served as the City Council representative on the Centennial Committee in 2014 and co-chaired the Foley Kids Park Building Committee in 2005, and served on the Foley Volunteer Fire Department for more than 12 years. He is a current member of First Presbyterian Church of Foley, where he has served as an elder and past treasurer.