Dade City Commissioner Knute Nathe has resigned from his Group 4 position to serve as a Pasco County Judge, according to an announcement from the city.
The city is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy created by Nathe’s departure.
Nathe, a longtime Dade City resident, was elected as the Group 4 commissioner for Dade City on June 30, 2020 for the term ending in April 2024.
He was unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tem by his fellow commissioners in April 2022.
According to the city charter, the office of a commission member shall become vacant upon the member’s death, resignation, or removal from office or forfeiture of office in any manner authorized by law.
The charter also states that if the vacancy occurs with 60 days or less left in the member’s term, then no appointment shall be made until the next regular municipal election.
However, should a vacancy occur with more than 60 days left in the unexpired term, that vacancy shall be filled by the City Commission within 30 days of the date of the vacancy with any qualified resident so appointed to serve until a successor is elected at the next regular municipal election.
Additionally, if a vacancy is not filled by the City Commission within 30 days after the vacancy occurs, a special election shall be held within 60 days after the vacancy and the person elected shall serve the remaining unexpired term.
According to the City of Dade City website, Nathe is a descendant of Casper Joseph “C.J.” Nathe, who moved the Nathe family to St. Joe in the late 1800s and Nathe’s family has been designated a Founding Family of Pasco County. After working for the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office as a County Court prosecutor, Commissioner Nathe joined the firm of McClain Alfonso, P.A. as an associate attorney in Nov. 2014.
Applications can be filled on the City of Dade City website at www.dadecityfl.com. Applications are due before 5 p.m. on May 1.
For more information, call the City Clerk at 352-523-5052.
Published April 26, 2023