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Hayward and Jerry Pate Design contracts reviewed and cleared by State Attorney last year

Hayward and Jerry Pate Design contracts reviewed and cleared by State Attorney last year

As I reported, the federal grand jury process is done in secret. Mayor Ashton Hayward does not know what the jury is investigating, only the documents that the jury has subpoenaed from the city and which staff members have been summoned to testify on Sept. 3 in Tallahassee. Interim City [...]

Hayward uses the B-word…Bribery (updated)

Hayward uses the B-word…Bribery (updated)

This post was updated at 7:45 a.m. See note below. In an interview with PNJ reporter Rob Johnson yesterday, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said the federal investigation into possible bribery involving city officials was a distraction, but he denied any wrongdoing within his [...]

No press conference from the city on federal investigation

No press conference from the city on federal investigation

Inweekly has been officially notified by Pensacola city officials that Mayor Ashton Hayward has declined our request for an interview. Also the mayor has no plans to hold a press conference.

Waiting by the phone, record requests languish

Waiting by the phone, record requests languish

Inweekly has three significant public record requests outstanding. We have challenged Escambia County's position that its consultant's report on the April 30 jail blast is a work document of attorney Ed Fleming and therefore not a public record. Our position is the county lost that privilege to [...]

How a federal grand jury works

How a federal grand jury works

The Handbook for Federal Grand Jurors provides information on how a federal grand jury works. The federal grand jury's function is to determine whether a person shall be tried for a serious federal crime alleged to have been committed within the district where it sits. Matters may be [...]

350 Pensacola Statement: Support the City’s Climate Change Task Force Resolution

350 Pensacola Statement: Support the City’s Climate Change Task Force Resolution

Press Release: In January 2012, 350 Pensacola presented a sustainability proposal, “A Citizens’ Proposal: Global Problem, Local Solutions,” to the Mayor and Pensacola City Council. At that time, we asked the City to develop a vision that would address our changing climate on a local level and [...]

City attorney out of the loop on federal investigation

City attorney out of the loop on federal investigation

Councilwoman Sherri Myers requested copies of the federal subpoenas served to "staff persons, employee or elected official." She sent her request to Interim City Administrator Dick Barker, City Attorney Jim Messer and Asst. City Attorney/Council helper Rusty Wells. She received this [...]

Was Ashton in City Hall yesterday? …yes

Was Ashton in City Hall yesterday? …yes

Inweekly received an email from a city official before noon on Thursday verifying that the mayor was at city hall yesterday. The necessary updates were made to the original post. No reply on our interview request. Attorney Bob Kerrigan emailed to say he was Mayor Ashton Hayward was working at [...]

Federal subpoena focuses on Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jerry Pate and city contracts (updated)

Federal subpoena focuses on Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jerry Pate and city contracts (updated)

This post was updated after receiving additional information from city staff. Per a public request made by Inweekly earlier today, Tamara Fountain, the city of Pensacola's Chief of Operations, released the federal subpoena issued by the U.S. Attorney's office to the city, dated August 15. [...]

Pensacola city government under federal investigation

Interim City Administrator Dick Barker notified the city council by email that the Feds are investigating the city and staff members are being questioned. No specifics were given. Maybe we will have press release tomorrow.

Pensacola city boards filled mostly with white males

Pensacola city boards filled mostly with white males

The Pensacola City Council was given a report on the demographics of the 23 boards of the city. The boards aren't that diverse and don't reflect the demographics of the city. Women only make up 32 percent of the appointees.  Minorities - African-American, Hispanic and Asian-Americans comprise only [...]

Text messages could become public records for city officials

Text messages could become public records for city officials

Councilwoman Sherri Myers sent out a press release this morning regarding amendments that she is proposing to the city's code of ethics. She wants to require that Pensacola city officials and employees to retain their text messages as public records. "Today, I submitted for inclusion on the City [...]

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