Bowling rules in favor of mayor

May 11, 2017

Hours before tonight’s city council meeting, City Attorney Lysia Bowling issued an opinion that the city charter does not authorize the City Council to direct questions to the mayor’s appointees at the time of the Council vote on the appointment in the public meeting. All questions should be directed to Mayor Ashton Hayward concerning his appointment.

Will Mayor Hayward attend the meeting and be able to answer inquiries? Of course, the mayor could direct his appointees to attend and openly answer questions in the public meeting.

Maybe it’s time for a Charter Review Commission.

Update: Here is the memo – MX-2615N_20170511_160356

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  • Reply Rick Outzen May 12, 2017 at 11:10 am


  • Reply CJ Lewis May 12, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Would appreciate if Rick’s Blog could post a copy of Bowling’s pseudo-legal memo so the public can see it.

    One Charter Amendment should professionalize the position of City Attorney to require that the person holding this important office be board-certified by the Florida Bar Association to practice “City, County & Local Government Law.”

  • Reply Richard Walker May 11, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    “Maybe it’s time for a Charter Review Commission.”

    Over-time. Great idea. I’ve never seen any mayor so anti-citizen as this guy.

  • Reply MB May 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    The MIA “mayor” is a joke. Pensacola, please… don’t ever let this happen again.

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