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Bare provides background material on ‘No Confidence’ vote regarding Olson

Bare provides background material on ‘No Confidence’ vote regarding Olson

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare provided to the media his add-on item for the Aug. 20 Council meeting. We're hearing that council members are lobbied to drop the matter of Olson threatening the president of a homeowners' association. They are being told it's best to not discuss the matter [...]

For betterment of the city: Mayor, investigate tower lease

For betterment of the city: Mayor, investigate tower lease

In a face-to-face interview with Shannon Nickinson of the Studer Community Institute, Mayor Ashton Hayward said he wants to put past mistakes behind him and move city government forward for the betterment of the community. One area that would have a significant impact is investigating the cell [...]

Mayor provides answers about his former COO

Mayor provides answers about his former COO

The News Journal asked eight questions of Mayor Ashton Hayward about his former Chief of Operations, Tamara Fountain,(Editorial: Mayor Hayward responds). He provided written answers that the newspaper published in its Opinion section. The mayor said he was introduced to Fountain by "a member of [...]

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Last Monday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced through a press release that his Chief Operations Officer had resigned. He said Eric Olson, his City Administrator, would assume her duties, which included supervision of the Pensacola Energy Services, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International [...]

Nichols had clearance from her boss and legal department

Nichols had clearance from her boss and legal department

In a comment posted earlier this morning, Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association, wrote that she had clearance from both her supervisor and the legal department to use her federal email account for community service. Last month, City Administrator Eric Olson called [...]

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Attorney Fred Levin sent late yesterday a letter to the News Journal and Inweekly in support of Mayor Ashton Hayward and requesting that we print it in its entirety. Levin is longtime friend and once was a business partner of Hayward. They were partners in WAMMA (World Alliance of Mixed Martial [...]

And the walls come tumbling down

And the walls come tumbling down

The PNJ is reporting that Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare will call for a vote of no confidence in city administrator Eric Olson to be taken at next week's city council meeting. Bare said, "We don't have say in the administrator's hiring or firing, but I think we definitely need to take [...]

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Planning Board member Scott Sallis has signed a Form 8B - Memorandum of Voting Conflict. It is for the vote that occurred on July 14. The conflict is the measure before the planning board "inured to the special gain of our client Paula and Laura Austin - Austin Residence." The form does not [...]

What is Hayward’s role in ‘outrageous and chilling’ behavior of his City Administrator

What is Hayward’s role in ‘outrageous and chilling’ behavior of his City Administrator

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, told Inweekly that City Administrator Eric Olson crossed the line when he called the boss of Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association. Petersen is considered an expert in Florida Sunshine laws. She was [...]

Olson and the email trail that indicates Nichols was targeted

Olson and the email trail that indicates Nichols was targeted

City Administrator Eric Olson did not send a mandate to his department heads about how to reply to emails sent from government accounts until July 7, five days after he called the boss of North Hill Preservation Association president, Melanie Nichols. Here is the email: From: "Eric [...]

Planning board members say they relied on city staff

Planning board members say they relied on city staff

Planning Board member Scott Sallis read a written statement into the record at the Aug. 11 board meeting. He said that he voted on the his client's item in July because of the counsel he was given by city staff---that vote violated Florida ethics law. Read PBR. Although he felt uncomfortable [...]

PNJ editorial blisters Olson for bullying, Hayward for his silence

PNJ editorial blisters Olson for bullying, Hayward for his silence

The News Journal asked the First Amendment Foundation about City Administrator Eric Olson ordering city employees to not read emails from government accounts. FAF President Barbara Peterson was also asked about Olson's calling the employer of North Hill Preservation Association president Melanie [...]

City Hall: The Wobbly Wheel of Pensacola

City Hall: The Wobbly Wheel of Pensacola

Pensacola is an exciting place to live. Downtown Pensacola is booming and more development is on the way. The YMCA of Northwest Florida this morning held a groundbreaking for its new downtown facility that is being built in the parking lot behind Seville Quarter. The construction on the [...]

Olson says he called boss because Nichols violated federal regs

Olson says he called boss because Nichols violated federal regs

On WEAR TV, City Administrator Eric Olson admitted that he called the boss of the president of the North Hill Preservation Association, but he said he didn't try to get her fired from her job at the Naval Air Station. "She is not permitted by federal regulations to send e-mails from her [...]

Word on the Street: What was Ashton thinking?

Word on the Street: What was Ashton thinking?

The Cease and Desist letter from attorney Alistar McKenzie regarding the City Administrator Eric Olson allegedly threatening the president of the North Hill Preservation Association was dated July 20. When Mayor Ashton Hayward announced on August 10 that Olson would assume the duties of his [...]

Montgomery mayor welcomes Sky Warrior project

Montgomery mayor welcomes Sky Warrior project

WSFA reports that Montgomery, Ala. Mayor Todd Strange is excited about his city being considered for Sky Warrior's Initial Flight Screening Program, which could include a possible hotel or dorm to house up to 2,000 airmen. "It's a project that we've been aware of. We've made it known that we'd [...]

Municipal Official of the Year award named for Wu

Municipal Official of the Year award named for Wu

Somehow the City of Pensacola's Communications Department missed this. Jackson County Floridan reports that during the June 2015 Northwest Florida League of Cities board meeting, members voted unanimously to name the annual Municipal Official of the Year Award in honor of Dr. P.C. Wu, Council [...]

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