City Attorney advised Mayor to settle Reynolds lawsuit

September 23, 2016

City Attorney Lysia Bowling advised Mayor Ashton Hayward to settle the William Reynolds v. City of Pensacola lawsuit in September 2015, according to Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille. She told him that she also advised…


SAO: Insufficient evidence regarding Reynolds settlement

September 22, 2016

The State Attorney’s Office has determined there was insufficient evidence to establish that Mayor Ashton Hayward committed any crime when he settled his former city administrator’s lawsuit with the City of Pensacola for $95,571. Last week,…


Government St. groundwater clean up begins

September 21, 2016

City Administrator Eric Olson last week told the Pensacola City Council the groundwater cleanup at the site of Corrine Jones-Government St. stormwater pond was scheduled to begin soon. The necessary clean-up equipment is now on site,…


Okaloosa fire chiefs suspended, see report

September 16, 2016

Ocean City Wright Fire Control District commissioners voted this week to suspend Fire Chief Billy Lord for 45 days and Assistant Fire Chief Scott Funchess for 30 days without pay following an investigation of their alleged…


Turnover occurs often in Mayor Hayward’s office

September 14, 2016

The City of Pensacola’s budget details the organizational structure of each city department, including the Mayor’s Office. The positions in that department have turned over an average of three to five times since Mayor Ashton Hayward…


Mayor Hayward responds, Inweekly asks for clarification

September 14, 2016

The Pensacola News Journal published these statements attributed to the Hayward administration in regards to the $95K paid to former City Administrator Bill Reynolds and his attorney: 1. The city was sued in an employment contractual…


Questions posed to Mayor Hayward

September 13, 2016

Since the mayor has refused our interview requests, we sent his Public Information Officer Vernon Stewart our questions and requested written responses. Last year, the Pensacola News Journal had to do the same thing during the…