Pasco picks Mike Moore as new chairman
The Pasco County Commission picked Mike Moore as its new chairman Tuesday morning.
Moore, a Republican representing District 2 based in central Pasco, had served as vice chairman for the past year. He replaces District 3 Commissioner Kathryn Starkey in the annual rotation of the chairman’s position. The board picked Commissioner Mike Wells Jr. as its new vice chairman.
The board unanimously elevated Moore and Wells, both first-term commissioners, immediately after the public swearing-in ceremonies for Commissioners Ron Oakley, Jack Mariano and Starkey. Voters re-elected Starkey and Mariano in November and also picked Oakley to succeed four-term Commissioner Ted Schrader.
“I’m truly humbled,’’ Moore told the board after accepting the chairman’s gavel.
“I have all the confidence in the world in this commission,’’ said Moore. “I’m proud of what we’ve done, I’m excited about what we can accomplish in the future.’’
On-lookers included state Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, Dade City Commissioner Scott Black, Zephyrhills City Manager Steve Spina and other well-wishers. But, the swearing-in ceremonies became a family affair. Oakley’s nephew, attorney Matt Maggard, administered his oath. Mariano’s father, also named Jack, held the Bible for his son during his oath.