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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 [...]

Resignation letter from Pensacola City Administrator

Resignation letter from Pensacola City Administrator

Colleen Castille's resignation is not unexpected. Her contract with the mayor was for one year. Her two-page resignation letter highlights the accomplishments of Team Hayward during her year of service. $7 million grant to develop and improve stormwater projects, including Corrine Jones, [...]

Castille resigns as city administrator

Castille resigns as city administrator

Coleen Castille has resigned as Pensacola's city administrator, effective Sept. 3. City CFO Dick Barker will be the interim administrator. Communications Administrator Tamara Fountain has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer. Eric Olson will be the assistant city administrator. Press [...]

Mayor supports Recall amendment, council staff not so much

Mayor supports Recall amendment, council staff not so much

From the Mayor's Office: I believe that citizens should have a clear path to recall any elected official, and if this amendment helps clarify the issue, then I wholeheartedly support it. However, I’m disappointed that the City Council is pushing forward with an amendment that could radically [...]

Johnson allegedly interfered with police union negotiations in 2012

Johnson allegedly interfered  with police union negotiations in 2012

In 2012, Mayor Ashton Hayward was locked into a battle with Pensacola Police union over their collective bargaining agreement and pension. The mayor's negotiating team was attorney Rob Larkin of Allen Norton & Blue in Tallahassee, Chief of Staff John Asmar and Dave Penzone, who had chaired his [...]

Transcript of Johnson v. Myers

Transcript of Johnson v. Myers

At the July 17 Pensacola City Council meeting, Councilman Larry Johnson brought back up his effort to have the council investigate fellow Council member Sherri Myers. He had tried to get it on the agenda at the Agenda Review but failed to get a second. Myers had originally seconded the motion, but [...]

Time to discuss the salary of the mayor

Time to discuss the salary of the mayor

The salary for Pensacola mayor is too low, $100,000. The Pensacola City Council should have a discussion about raising the salary to a level comparable with the county's constitutional officers, such as the clerk of court, property appraiser and tax collector (Constitutionalsalariesfinal13), [...]

Nelson wants to tell Grover ‘Hi’ and Gene gets a cup of coffee

Nelson wants to tell Grover ‘Hi’ and Gene gets a cup of coffee

This must be the day for elected officials to use their positions to get their staffs (and the taxpayers) to promote their re-election campaigns: From Escambia County Public Information: Senator Nelson to Meet With Commissioner Robinson, Other Officials Wednesday at PSC Monday, August [...]

PPD press release promotes Mayor…Lol, you have to read to believe

PPD press release  promotes Mayor…Lol, you have to read to believe

Two press releases on burglary arrests. One from the Pensacola Police Department, the other from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. One an over-the-top political plug, the other a standard law enforcement release. Guess which is which. PPD Release - notice last paragraph. Sometimes, it [...]

Weekend buzz: Publix coming downtown, Who owns pits and Stevenson on the warpath

Weekend buzz: Publix coming downtown, Who owns pits and Stevenson on the warpath

The buzz is the old AV Clubbs School on Cervantes between 12th and 11th and the commercial offices on that block will become home to a Publix. Sources inside city hall say that the design presented to the mayor's office calls for architecture that will fit in with the East Hill neighborhood. Expect [...]

City attorney disputes City administrator email

City attorney disputes City administrator email

Apparently all is not well in city hall: From: Janet Matteson Date: July 31, 2014 9:01:29 AM CDT To: Colleen Castille , "'sales@ajmugs.com'" , Ashton Hayward , Stephanie Tillery , Brian Spencer , Rusty Wells , Tamara Fountain , City Council Subject: RE: Directive from City Ms. [...]

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