Hines chosen as chair of County Commission

Moran to serve as vice chair in 2019

Commissioner Charles Hines. File photo

The Sarasota County commissioners have selected Charles Hines, who represents District 5, as chair and Michael Moran, who represents District 1, as vice chair for 2019.

The action came during the first day of the board’s annual

retreat, held on Dec. 7. The board will meet again on Dec. 14, continuing discussions about priorities for the coming year.

Alan Maio, who represents District 4, will serve as pro tem.

The commissioners traditionally vote on the positions during their retreat. The positions are effective as of Jan. 1.

The votes were unanimous, a news release points out.

Commissioner Nancy Detert will continue serving as chair for the remainder of 2018. Hines is vice chair.

“It’s a privilege to be selected by my colleagues to serve as chair of the board,” Hines said in the release, adding, “I am looking forward to guiding the board through a new year with new goals and new initiatives.”

Hines was elected to the commission for the first time in 2012; he previously served as chair in 2014.

Additionally, Hines has served on the City of Venice’s Americans with Disabilities advisory committee, Sarasota County’s Surtax Oversight committee and Sheriff Tom Knight’s advisory committee, the release points out.

Hines’ other community and civic association activities involve the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Sertoma Club of Venice, the United Way of South Sarasota, Big Brother Big Sisters, the Venice Touchdown Club and Venice Little League.

An attorney, he is a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Sarasota Bar Association.

Hines lives in Nokomis with his wife, Susan; they have three children.