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Council to Discuss FOP Request

November 13, 2012

The Pensacola City Council will consider during today’s Committee of the Whole meeting if it should investigate Mayor Ashton Hayward after the local police union approached it with concerns that he misused his position and complaints of intimidation.

The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 71, requested last month that the city council investigate Hayward following an Oct. 19 Gallery Night incident during which the union asserts that the mayor intimidated officers. Hayward, along with his recent appointee to the Downtown Improvement Board, John Peacock, apparently approached officers with concerns about the manner in which they were moving pedestrians in order to reopen the street to vehicular traffic.

Following the FOP’s appearance before city council, Hayward issued a statement regarding the consistency of Gallery Night’s schedule, and also said he would be meeting privately with Police Chief Chip Simmons and members of city council in regards to the issue.

This afternoon, the city council is slated to discuss the FOP’s request. Members have requested Hayward’s “side of the story” and all related information pertaining to the Oct. 19 incident.

Also during today’s COW meeting, the council will be taking up the issue of funding for the West Florida Public Library System. The relocation of the westside library—or, rather, awarding construction services for the Legion Field Resource Center, which will house the library—is also on the agenda.

The council will also explore the option of retaining outside legal counsel. Council members are looking to such an option in the scenario that City Attorney Jim Messer has conflict of interests issues.

Today’s COW meeting begins immediately following the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting, which starts at 3:15 p.m. at Pensacola City Hall.

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  • Joe Punlic November 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Face it, more than half of Pensacola police officers have a bad attitude towards the public they are supposed to serve and protect. Half of them have a little dog complex. They hardly ever see any real action so they have to harass and intimidate tax paying citizens.
    That is not gonna fly in any major city.

  • politis101 November 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I want to know if the fop went to the mayor before they went to council. I saw the meeting tonight and want to know if they went to the mayor with their problem before they went to council. did they try to resolve the problem before publicly making it known? Probably not. they wanted a platform and a scene to spout their issues. Its a juvenile attempt to sway the public without all the facts. If they wanted to resolve an issue with the mayor they should of gone to him first instead of trying to play the public without all the facts. its time for the fop to step up and say what they are really after and stop hiding behind innuendos and man up. you don’t like the collective bargaining then deal with it. don’t make excuses to hide behind. This is all smoke and mirrors from the fop.

  • Leroy Carter November 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    If any regular citizen did what the mayor is accused of doing we would be in the back of a patrol car in handcufs.

  • L.Laird November 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Betty,..Chief has a big GUN,,stand you ground…only one will go down..but whom???

  • Betty McAlpin November 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    This idiotic exchange between the mayor’s office, PPD and the FOP makes me miss the good old days of full-tilt warfare over the Maritime Park. Did the cops get their feelings hurt? Did Zoolander raise his voice? Who cares! Maybe the Chief and the Mayor should be made to stand in separate corners until they apologize to each other and promise to play nice.

    Honestly, is this the best we can do? Whatever happened to conspiracy theories, SOC, and paranoid ravings from our elected officials? Come on, Pensacola, you are getting boring!