DADE CITY — Two city commission members who won new four-year terms this spring took the oath of office Tuesday then entered into a stalemate over who will be the next mayor.
Camille Hernandez, the current mayor, won her seat unopposed. On April 8, longtime Commissioner Scott Black handily defeated his opponent, Angie Herrera, whose campaign was primarily funded by Hernandez's family.
After Black and Hernandez took their oaths, the four commissioners present voted on the next mayor, whom they choose from among their ranks. Commissioner Jimmy Shive made a motion for Hernandez to remain mayor, which drew a second from Hernandez. Then Commissioner Eunice Penix nominated Black, who seconded it. The deciding vote on the 2-2 stalemate would have been Commissioner Bill Dennis, but he was sick and absent from the meeting.
City Attorney Karla Owens recommended a continuance until the May 13. Hernandez will remain mayor in the meantime, according to Owens.