LARGO – Pinellas County Judge Pat Caddell died Tuesday morning at Largo Medical Center.
Ron Stuart, public information officer for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, announced the “sad news” Tuesday afternoon.
Judge Caddell is one of the longest-serving election canvassers in Florida, according to information from the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida, having chaired the Pinellas County Canvassing Board for every election for the past 22 years.
“Judge Patrick Caddell was a dedicated member of our election family for 22 years and served our voters with honor,” said Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. “No one cared more about ensuring the integrity of election results. As chairman of the Pinellas County Canvassing Board, his knowledge of the election process was both invaluable and unprecedented. He generously shared his wealth of experience with county judges statewide by conducting seminars and mentoring those who chaired canvassing boards in other counties. He will be truly missed, and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sue and his family.”
Caddell, the Sixth Judicial Circuit’s County Court administrative judge, presides over Pinellas’ misdemeanor court for domestic violence and violation of protection orders. In 2005, his work in handling domestic violence cases was recognized statewide with his selection as the only judge to receive a 2005 Governor’s Peace at Home: Stopping Domestic Violence Award.
He is a former president of the Family Service Centers of Pinellas County and has been on the bench since 1987. He is a graduate of Lakewood High School, the University of Florida and Stetson University College of Law.