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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 [...]

Three strikes put Olson on the hot seat

Three strikes put Olson on the hot seat

The News Journal is reporting today that Mayor Ashton Hayward's City Administrator Eric Olson has been accused of threatening an NAS employee who also heads the city's oldest neighborhood association. The story follows a similar report by former Pensacola City Council President Maren Deweese [...]

Councilman Brian Spencer also cleared

Councilman Brian Spencer also cleared

The Florida Ethics Commission also dismissed a series of allegations against Pensacola City Councilman Brian Spencer. From the report: No probable cause was found to believe that Pensacola City Councilmember BRIAN SPENCER had a voting conflict when he voted on a measure in February 2012 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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