Congratulations to Derek Cosson

June 13, 2013

Congratulations to Derek Cosson for his promotion to Mayor’s Press Secretary.

The press secretary is a much more important position that public information officer. He is now the official voice of Mayor Ashton Hayward. His words and actions are to be taken as coming directly from the mayor. In essence, Cosson is the mayor when he speaks or writes.

Since the city administrator ordered this blog be blocked at city hall, someone else will need to pass along our sentiments.

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  • L.Laird June 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Hats off to Derek, he deserves a raise and new title, looking out for D-Mayor is not a easy job…he has out lasted all of the others, just that alone is worth something, plus everyone in Pensacola knows who he is, he is a local and a progressive.

  • jeeperman June 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    This blog post reads like a reminder to the Mayor and his “Press Secretary” that they (Cosson) better be mindful of their statements.
    As you will be watching closely.

  • CJ Lewis June 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    When was the position of “Press Secretary” created? Does this mean that Cosson’s salary and benefits are no being paid by the bloated Office of the Mayor rather than the Technology Resources Department/Division? Did the Council appropriate funding for the position of Press Secretary?

    Now that Cosson is the Mayor’s personal Press Secretary, who is the Public Information Officer for the city government? Or, is this move based on the assumption that Hayward is the city government and the other elected officials, aka “City Council” [described in the Charter as “the governing body of the City], now completely neutered.

    I have pressed this and the last two Councils to put forward a Charter amendment fixing an error in the Charter that gave this and all future Mayor’s both the executive branch power and duty to recommend the organization of the city government [Section 4.01.(a)(3)] and the legislative branch power and duty to approve the organization of the city government [Section 4.01.(a)(15)].

    This idiotic error giving a large chunk of the City Council’s legislative power to the Mayor was made on the recommendation of former City Attorney Rusty Wells who didn’t understand why the City Council should have a say how the city government is organized. The Wiggins’ Council response was, “OK with us, the less we have to do the better.”

    The City Council could have put this Charter amendment on the June 11 too but didn’t care enough about the city government to do so. To the best of my knowledge, and although the City Council often whines about not knowing how the city government is organized, the true organization being one of the most closely guarded secrets in city hall, not one of them has ever made a motion to have the City Council discuss why it has no role in determining the organization of the city government.