Venice has a council-manager system of local government. This system combines the political leadership of elected officials in the form of a city council with the managerial experience of a city manager.
The council is the legislative body empowered to make policy decisions by the citizens who elect its members. The city manager administers the policy of the council. The city council hires and supervises the charter officers, which include city manager, city clerk and city attorney.
Mayor John Holic
Mayor John Holic was elected in 2016 to serve a third term.
He and his wife, Pam, moved to Venice in 1990, where he continued his 28-year career with A.G. Edwards financial services as a Certified Financial Planner and Branch Manager. The couple's three sons graduated from Venice High School and Pine View School. Before his career with A.G. Edwards, Holic was an air traffic controller in Chicago. He received a BA degree in Economics from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Holic served on the Venice Police Pension Board, South County Family YMCA Foundation Board, and is a member of Sierra Club and Save Our Seabirds. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of South Sarasota County United Way.
He represents the city on the Council of Governments and is liaison to the Venice Housing Authority and the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Vice Mayor Bob Daniels
Vice Mayor Bob Daniels was elected in 2016 to serve a third term.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green University, a master's degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He taught industrial technology and special needs vocational education; operated a restoration and remodeling company specializing in historic homes; served as a community college administrator; was manager of organizational development for GE appliances; and was vice-president of human resources for an international company.
He is a member of Venice Theatre Guild, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Epiphany Cathedral and Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club.
Mr. Daniels serves as the city council liaison to the Municipal Code Enforcement Board, and is the city's liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council.
He and his wife, Nancy, moved to Venice in 2006 from Columbus, Ohio. They have two married daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters.
Richard Cautero, Council Member
Council Member Richard Cautero was elected in 2015.
Mr. Cautero holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, finance and investments from Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.
He has extensive experience in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors, including a 30-year career at Kraft Foods and its former corporate parent, the Altria Group. Some of his roles included vice president of finance for corporate planning and strategy at Altria, and chief financial officer and controller at Maxwell House Division at Kraft.
Before being elected to City Council, Mr. Cautero served on the city’s Fire Pension Board. He was a member of the All Faiths Food Bank Board of Directors and Finance Committee; and a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for Ann’s Place, a cancer support and health services nonprofit organization.
Mr. Cautero serves as liaison to the Historic Preservation Board, the Sarasota County Coastal Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Venice MainStreet Board of Directors.
He and his wife, Linda, moved to Venice in 2006. They have two grown sons.
Mitzie Fiedler, Council Member
Council Member Mitzie Fiedler was elected in 2017.
Ms. Fiedler holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and two master’s degrees from UW-Madison, and a BA from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She spent over 30 years in education as a teacher and an elementary, middle and high school principal.
As president of the Board of Directors for the YMCA in Beloit, she helped build and maintain shelters for women and their children. As president of the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Council for Gifted and Talented, she helped create programs for children throughout the state of Wisconsin. She has served on many city advisory boards.
Before being elected to City Council, Ms. Fiedler served on the Venice Code Enforcement Advisory Board and the Venice Environmental Advisory Board. She is a member of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice Rotary, Venice American Association of University Women, and Venice League of Women Voters. She serves as liaison to the Environmental Advisory Board, the Chamber Board of Directors, the ManaSota League of Cities, and the SW Florida Regional Planning Council.
Ms. Fiedler and her husband, Bruce, moved to Venice in 2010. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.
Fred Fraize, Council Member
Council Member Fred Fraize was elected in 2015.
Mr. Fraize holds a bachelor of science degree in information systems from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and worked for the federal government more than 30 years, of which 10 were in management. He served in the United States Navy for four years and has 20 years of experience in the construction industry.
Before being elected to City Council, Mr. Fraize served on the Environmental Advisory Board and Traffic Advisory Task Force for the city, and was a board member of the Sawgrass Homeowners Association. He is a member of the American Legion.
Mr. Fraize serves as the city council liaison to the Architectural Review Board and is the city's representative on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.
Mr. Fraize and his wife, Stella, moved to Venice from the Boston area in 2005, after vacationing here for many years. The couple have two children and four grandchildren.
Jeanette Gates, Council Member
Council Member Jeanette Gates was elected in 2016 to serve a third term.
Ms. Gates graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota before attending Lynchburg College where she earned a bachelor's degree in business. She and her husband, Jeff, own Beechwood Builders, a general contracting company.
She is a member of Sertoma Club of Venice and Venice Area Chamber of Commerce.
She is the city council liaison to the Economic Development Advisory Board, and represents the city on the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County.
Ms. Gates has lived in Sarasota County since 1979 and has been a resident of the city of Venice since 1992.
Chuck Newsom, Council Member
Council Member Chuck Newsom was elected in 2017.
Mr. Newsom finished school in Charleston, West Virginia, graduating from West Virginia State with a BS in marketing and a concentration in economics. His career began in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Kroger Company. He met his wife Betty of 32 years in Cincinnati; they were married at the Presbyterian church across the Intracoastal Waterway from Siesta Key. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Mr. Newsom visited Venice for the first time when he was working his way through college in the late 1960s. He and Betty purchased their first home here in 1989. They bought their current home in Waterford in 2002.
The Newsoms spent the last 20 years or so working with private equity investors, rehabilitating retail companies in the supermarket and drugstore industry. They have lived and worked in several cities in the eastern United States, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico. They finished their career in Manhattan, where they sold the Duane Reade drugstore chain to Walgreens.