John Koniar served as a city council member from 1980 until 2006 when he was appointed to serve out Timothy Russell's term of office as mayor. He was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016 as the mayor of the City of Foley. He is past president of the Foley Optimist Club and past chairman of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as board member on the Baldwin County Board of Mental Health, The Utilities Board of the City of Foley, and Coastal Resiliency Coalition. Mayor Koniar has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Alabama and is retired from industry. He is married, has three children and five grandchildren.
A Message from Mayor Koniar:
I want to welcome you to the City of Foley’s web site!
Foley is located in South Baldwin County Alabama near the Alabama Gulf Coast. Our quality of life is second to none and attracts retirees and families to our “Forward City” from all over this great land.
We are blessed with many recreational opportunities, including the Gulf of Mexico, many bays and rivers, and numerous other outdoor recreation venues.
Some of our many attractions include an active Performing Arts Association located in the heart of downtown Foley. The Foley “O-gage” train exhibit, located adjacent to the Foley Depot Museum in our downtown Heritage Park, features over 1200 feet of operating track along with hundreds of stock and animation pieces. We also have the A. Perry Wilbourne Antique Rose Trail featuring numerous antique roses and camellias.
The 484 acre Graham Creek Nature Preserve is an eco-center featuring walking and biking trails, a canoe/kayak launch and numerous nature exhibits. A number of rare and endangered plants have been observed in the park and we hope to have the park added to the Alabama Birding Trail in the future.
Shopping and dining opportunities also abound in Foley. “Uptown” Foley offers a number of boutique shopping venues along with fun places to dine. Tanger Outlets offers some of the finest name brand stores to stretch your shopping dollar.
Foley is part of the Baldwin County School System. The County recently completed a $42,000,000.00 expansion and modernization of our facilities in Foley.
The South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, located in Foley, recently opened a new Heart and Vascular Center and is recognized nationally for its level of quality care. The 112 bed Acute Care Center provides approximately 200 physicians to serve our area. The level of commitment to Foley and the entire South Baldwin area has been demonstrated through the $30,000,000.00 capital investment, which was made to continually upgrade this facility.
The list goes on and on for our “Forward City”, but needless to say, Foley has something for the entire family.
I look forward to seeing you in Foley soon!