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RFP-Lite, or ‘Meander, Meander, Meander’

RFP-Lite, or ‘Meander, Meander, Meander’

By mid-September, the Escambia County Commission should be selecting the search firm that will be helping to select a permanent county administrator. The board decided last night to extend the period for interested search firms to bid on the job, but to have the process completed soon enough to [...]

Searching for the Searcher and the Campfire Sing-Along

Searching for the Searcher and the Campfire Sing-Along

It is unclear exactly what they will do later today, but Escambia County commissioners appear poised to formally request that a wider net be cast for consulting firms for the county administrator search, and most likely, that a search firm be selected by September. “You’re not gonna get the [...]

Feeding Frenzy and the Goldmine

The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee on Monday heard presentations on both environment and economy. William O. Cleckley, of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, provided committee members with information about restoring the ecosystem through the acquisition of land. He [...]

African-American Leaders Decry Shooting, ECSO Response

African-American Leaders Decry Shooting, ECSO Response

A few blocks away from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, a collective of African-American community organizations and leaders gathered today at Englewood Baptist Church to express concerns in the wake of last week’s shooting, in which officers rained a shower of gunfire upon 60-year-old Roy [...]

IFS Battle Brewing? Jail employees say they were threatened by county official

IFS Battle Brewing? Jail employees say they were threatened by county official

As part of the ongoing jail-transfer process, Escambia County Human Resources Director Tom Turner met with a group of jail employees yesterday. The parties differ on the main take-away from the closed-door meeting. According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, which currently operates the [...]

Oil Spill Funding Workshop

There is a workshop this weekend geared toward educating the public on how best to plug into the RESTORE Act and NRDA processes resulting from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The workshop, presented by Earth Ethics, Inc. and the Environmental Law Institute, is designed to “engage the [...]

Questions Emerge in Trailer Park Altercation

A man involved in a Saturday incident at a Creighton Road trailer park says the scene did not unfold the way it is described in an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report. “I definitely got beat up,” Devon Walker said this morning. “The police beat me up.” In the ECSO report, Devon [...]

Patti Memorial Scheduled for Sinking

Patti Memorial Scheduled for Sinking

After weeks of delay, the Patti Memorial Barge is scheduled to be sunk tomorrow morning. “We finally got a break for a couple of days in the weather,” Emerald Coastkeeper Sava Varazo said yesterday. The concept for this barge-turned-artificial-reef began with Frank Patti. He hoped to [...]

Morgan Responds as Victim Recovers

Morgan Responds as Victim Recovers

Ceola Walker has been searching for answers since Saturday. That’s when Roy Middleton, her 60-year-old son, was shot by sheriff deputies as he tried to retrieve cigarettes from the Lincoln Town Car parked in the driveway. “I don’t have an answer for how that could have gone down like [...]

Civil Citations, So Far

Members of the Escambia Youth Justice Coalition held a conference call last week to discuss the implementation of the county’s civil citation program. The program was rolled out in April, with the aim of diverting eligible youth away from the criminal justice system. The EYJC—allied with the [...]

Consolidation, Not IT

Consolidation, Not IT

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is taking issue with certain aspects of last week’s jail-transfer report provided by county staff. “We have reviewed the transition report slides and they are replete with inaccuracies and information that is either untrue or incomplete half-truths,” [...]

Sunshine Confessional

Sunshine Confessional

Prior to discussing the sale of the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s 19-acre downtown property yesterday, board Chairman Larry Walker took a few minutes to shed light on what he described as a “possible” Sunshine Law violation. “And to apologize for it, on my part, the failure to [...]

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