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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 [...]

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 [...]

Communications Administrator Fountain paid $20K more than counterpart at Escambia County

Communications Administrator Fountain paid $20K more than counterpart at Escambia County

When Mayor Ashton Hayward hired Tamara Fountain to be his Communications Administrator in July 2013, her starting salary was $84,988. In January 2014, Hayward gave her a 17-percent pay raise, increasing her salary to $100,006. The only other comparable job in local government is the Public [...]

WEAR TV reporter says she never received email with corrections to Hayward interview

WEAR TV reporter says she never received email with corrections to Hayward interview

On July 24, Mayor Ashton Hayward was interviewed by WEAR TV reporter Amber Southard about the qualifications of his Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain. In the interview, the mayor said, "She's very qualified, having an undergrad from Florida State and an MBA from the University of West [...]

Mayor Hayward issues statement on Fountain, he will talk to her next week

Mayor Hayward issues statement on Fountain, he will talk to her next week

In the furor over the qualifications of Tamara Fountain to serve as the Chief Operations Officer for the City of Pensacola, one voice has been missing--Mayor Ashton Hayward. The PNJ's article on Fountain's education (she has a BBA from UWF, not a MBA) and experience has gone through several [...]

Fountain cries foul

Fountain cries foul

City Chief Operations Officer Tamara Fountain issued this evening a statement to the Pensacola News Journal accusing reporter Will Isern of printing "allegations and innuendo" after he and Fountain had arranged an interview next week to discuss her background and current position. She wrote that [...]

Mayor Hayward mum on Fountain

Mayor Hayward mum on Fountain

The PNJ is reporting that City Chief Operations Officer Tamara Fountain does not have a Masters of Business Administration from UWF and Bachelor's from Florida State University that Mayor Ashton Hayward said she had. City Administrator Eric Olson said Fountain's education is not relevant because [...]

Salaries more and experience less than previous city administrators and managers

Salaries more and experience less than previous city administrators and managers

Bill Reynolds was Mayor Ashton Hayward's first city administrator. He was in charge of all city operations, including all the enterprises. His pay was $130,000. Colleen Castille replaced Reynolds. She, too, was in charge of all city operations, including enterprises. Her pay was also [...]

Living the good life: COO Fountain has 35 percent pay increase, CA Olson more than doubles in less than two years

Living the good life: COO Fountain has 35 percent pay increase, CA Olson more than doubles in less than two years

It took awhile but Inweekly finally received the personnel folders of the two top city employees: Chief Operations Officer Tamara Fountain and City Administrator Eric Olson. Fountain was used in November 2012 as vendor for the city and was paid $60,000 a year (Fountain Contract). She was [...]

Sallis says city to change ethics policy on board voting, no comment from Olson

Sallis says city to change ethics policy on board voting, no comment from Olson

by Jeremy Morrison According to a planning board member who triggered ethical questions with his participation and vote on a matter his business partner brought before the board on behalf of a client, the city of Pensacola is reversing its policy of allowing such participation. The city itself [...]

Podcast: Bare facts on food trucks and city ethics

Podcast: Bare facts on food trucks and city ethics

On "Pensacola Speaks" yesterday, Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare talked about the latest developments with the proposed food truck ordinance. He also talked about his discussion with City Administrator Eric Olson on ethical issues with the planning board.

Actually there was memo on how the CMP sublease process should work

Actually there was memo on how the CMP sublease process should work

Two years ago, City Attorney Jim Messer wrote a memo to the Pensacola City Council on the legal relationship between the city of Pensacola and Community Maritime Park Associates, Inc. and on how the sublease process should work. Councilwoman Sherri Myers asked that I share the eight pages: [...]

Another messy triangle: Mayor-CBRE-CMPA

Another messy triangle: Mayor-CBRE-CMPA

Who has the rights to market the parcels at the Vince Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park? Hayward's Chief Operations Officer Tamara Fountain has told the media that CBRE doesn't have a contract for the park. The Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees two months ago asked CBRE to stop [...]

Podcast: Rick Wilson says Hillary could beat Trump like a ‘rented mule’

Podcast: Rick Wilson says Hillary could beat Trump like a ‘rented mule’

Last week, GOP strategist Rick Wilson talked presidential politics on New Talk 1370 WCOA's "Pensacola Speaks." We talked about the popularity of Donald Trump. “I recognize that there is a tremendous amount of anger and frustration out there about Washington D.C. and it's absolutely [...]

Two dropped from Council Executive search, new name added

Two dropped from Council Executive search, new name added

On July 21, the City released the names of the four finalists for the city council executive position: Daryl Betancur of Palm Springs, Ca; Dennis Kelly of Holiday Island, Ark; Octavien Spanner of Methuen, Mass.; and Angie Whisnant of Palatka, Fla. This morning we received the agenda for this [...]

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