Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Dade City hires new city clerk

DADE CITY — The city has completed a $36,000 shakeup of its staff.

On Thursday, the City Commission approved hiring Pasco High School reading teacher Suzanne DeAugustino to serve as City Clerk.

"It's great to have everyone in place. We can start moving forward," City Manager Billy Poe said.

DeAugustino's hire, which still must be finalized with an approved contract, came a week after the commission hired new finance director Leslie Porter to fill the position long held by Jim Class.

Class worked for the city for nearly 30 years and had been serving in a combined city clerk/finance director position. He announced his resignation after a divided commission voted to split his dual role into two jobs during a workshop in late October. Class made a salary of $63,000, while Porter and DeAugustino will make $65,000 and $34,000 respectively.

The move to split the positions wasn't a publicly noticed agenda item, which didn't sit well with Commissioner Scott Black, who proposed an ordinance that was passed Tuesday which mandates the commission cannot vote on items that are not placed on an agenda, unless there is an emergency.

Black said he is still unhappy with the unforeseen budget hit of splitting the positions, but added he fully supports the candidates who were hired.

"I don't think it's ever good to govern by surprise," Black told the Times.

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