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Joe Scarborough stops by Inweekly offices

Joe Scarborough stops by Inweekly offices

Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" stopped by the offices of Inweekly this morning. Joe was this area's Congressman from 1995-2001. He is a co-founder of our paper. We talked Pensacola politics and his thoughts on the 2016 presidential election. During the middle of the visit, Donald Trump [...]

Putnam building war chest for possible run for governor in 2018

Putnam building war chest for possible run for governor in 2018

A political committee tied to state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam raised $106,840 in July, bringing its overall total to slightly more than $1.9 million this year, according to a newly filed finance report. Large contributors in July included Florida Power & Light and Disney Worldwide [...]

Council given mixed messages on Tamara Fountain’s departure

Council given mixed messages on Tamara Fountain’s departure

Yesterday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced that his Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, had resigned. Before the official announcement was sent to the media, Hayward sent a memo to the Pensacola City Council. His memo made it appear that Fountain's resignation was planned and due to her [...]

Mayor says it is his fault that he screwed up qualifications of his COO

Mayor says it is his fault that he screwed up qualifications of his COO

Mayor Ashton Hayward told WEAR TV that he misspoke about his former Chief Operations Officer's education. Employees have come forward and said the COO talked about having a Masters. Other media are questioning whether outside influences forced Fountain out of city hall. On WEAR tonight, Mayor [...]

No special snowflakes at Pensacola City Hall

No special snowflakes at Pensacola City Hall

Few are surprised that Tamara Fountain is no longer working for Mayor Ashton Hayward. If we have learned anything about the mayor over the past five years, it's that Ashton's loyalty to his employees lasts as long as the positive headlines keep coming. John Asmar, Bill Reynolds, Colleen [...]

Fountain blames demise on local media and bloggers who ‘repeatedly crossed line and bullied public employees…’

Fountain blames demise on local media and bloggers who ‘repeatedly crossed line and bullied public employees…’

Mayor Ashton Hayward's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, resigned this morning. She also sent a letter to the Pensacola City Council saying, "It has been an honor to work for the citizens of Pensacola." She said her decision to resign was due to personal attacks that she said are unfair [...]

COO Fountain resigns

COO Fountain resigns

Press Release: The City of Pensacola announced today that Tamara Fountain would step down as Chief Operations Officer in order to pursue other opportunities. During her tenure, Fountain has managed the City’s enterprises – including Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Energy, and [...]

Hiring Fountain makes sense if…

Hiring Fountain makes sense if…

From the perspective of education and work history, Mayor Hayward’s hiring of Tamara Fountain as his Communications Administrator, at a salary above the market, doesn’t make sense. But it does if she was hired to help him win a second term. In other words, Hayward brought in Fountain to [...]

Gaetz family shows how to correct a misstatement….quickly and with humor

Gaetz family shows how to correct a misstatement….quickly and with humor

From The News Service of Florida: Everyone knows that Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, likes to tell tales and that some of them might have a North Dakota-sized dollop of exaggeration in them. But when Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, missed a father-son speaking engagement Wednesday, the elder [...]

Podcast: Rep. Jolly talks about his U.S. Senate bid

Podcast: Rep. Jolly talks about his U.S. Senate bid

Congressman David Jolly (R-Clearwater) is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio. We had him on "Pensacola Speaks" last week. Jolly has Pensacola roots. His father, Rev. Lawson Jolly, lived in Pensacola from 1991-2008. During that [...]

PBR: Olson has his own cover-up

PBR: Olson has his own cover-up

While his co-leader, COO Tamara Fountain, is battling to keep her job, City Administrator Eric Olson has some explaining to do about the Planning Department and the Planning Board--both of which fall under his supervision according to the new Organization Chart. Let's do some PBR - Planning [...]

PNJ editorial focuses the resume issue back on Mayor Ashton Hayward

PNJ editorial focuses the resume issue back on Mayor Ashton Hayward

The daily newspaper has a strong editorial coming out tomorrow. It is available online now: "City blind to bigger picture." The editorial board points out the issue surrounding the qualifications of Mayor Hayward's leadership team is "not about Tamara Fountain. It’s not about degrees or [...]

Resume-gate: One more misstatement

Resume-gate: One more misstatement

When Mayor Hayward's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, tried to defend to PNJ reporter Will Isern why she did not have a resume in her personnel file, she told Isern that she was initially contracted by the mayor to review the city's dealing with The Zimmerman Agency. That review [...]

Resume-gate: How a snafu became a full blown crisis on the 7th floor of City Hall

Resume-gate: How a snafu became a full blown crisis on the 7th floor of City Hall

On July 24, Mayor Ashton Hayward is interviewed by WEAR TV reporter Amber Southard about his restructuring of his administration and the qualifications of his Chief Operations Officer. He misstates her salary and her degrees: “She’s very qualified, having an undergrad from Florida State and an [...]

Barry pre-files for second term

Barry pre-files for second term

Press Release: Today, District 5, Escambia County Commissioner Steven Barry announced his candidacy for re-election in November 2016, and filed paperwork with the Supervisor of Elections office. “I have the utmost respect for the important trust that the citizens of Escambia County, District 5 in [...]

Councilman Bare wants Pensacola City Council to conduct an inquiry into conduct of Planning Board member

Councilman Bare wants Pensacola City Council to conduct an inquiry into conduct of Planning Board member

Councilman Charles Bare wants the City Council to conduct an inquiry into the conduct of Planning Board member Scott Sallis in his recent vote on a matter involving a client of his firm that was represented by his partner. He wants the council to discuss the inquiry at its August meeting. In [...]

Fountain releases resume. It is a little sparse on prior experience (Update)

Fountain releases resume. It is a little sparse on prior experience (Update)

The Chief Operations Officer for the City of Pensacola late last night released her resume to the media. Tamara Fountain lists only one job that she held prior to being hired as Mayor Ashton Hayward's Communications Administrator: Communications Consultant/Campaign Management TWF LLC from [...]

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