Maio elected commission chair

Commissioner Paul Caragiulo to serve as vice chair, and Commissioner Charles Hines named pro tem

County Commissioner Al Maio. Contributed photo
County Commissioner Al Maio. Contributed photo

The Sarasota County commissioners unanimously elected Alan Maio of District 4 as chair and Paul Caragiulo of District 2 as vice chair for 2016, the county has announced.

The votes came during the board’s annual retreat, which was held at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota on Dec. 4.

Charles Hines, who represents District 5, will serve as pro tem, a county news release says.

The positions are effective as of Jan.  1.

Current Chair Carolyn Mason will continue serving in that role for the remainder of 2015, the release notes. Maio is vice chair.

Maio, who was elected to the Sarasota County Commission in 2014, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Seton Hall University, the release notes, and he is a veteran of the U.S Army.

He and his wife, Nancy, moved to Sarasota County 30 years ago; they reside in Nokomis, the release adds. They have three adult children — Alan, Denise and Adam — and four grandchildren. “Maio has built two large restaurants, a large consulting business and a vacation rental business,” the release continues.

“I’m honored that my colleagues have selected me as the chairman, and I look forward to the coming year,” said Maio in the release.

He also serves as chair of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Enterprise Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Florida Planning & Zoning Association and a member of the boards of directors of Sarasota Habitat for Humanity, the Suncoast Blood Bank and Goodwill Manasota.

Caragiulo also was elected to the Sarasota County Commission in 2014, after serving as a Sarasota city commissioner from 2011-14.

Caragiulo grew up on Long Island’s South Shore, a few miles outside New York City, the release notes. He and his wife, Nikki, live in the Granada neighborhood with their two daughters, Sophie and Caroline, both of whom attend Sarasota County Schools, the release says.