Escambia County

County selection committee narrows list for Escambia County administrator

January 8, 2014

The finalists for consideration by the Escambia County Commission:

Jack Brown
Ted Lakey
Albert Penska
William Reynolds
John Weaver

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  • Jeff January 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Mr. Barry is a man I voted for with enthusiasm. He has not disappointed me with his on-point questions, opinions and decisions. Of course the old school, Tourat-Robertson axis can’t stand the Sunshine, so they hate him.

    I and my wife are happy to say that a District 5 Commissioner is the cream of the crop and represents us better than anyone in our 40+ years of residency.

    Carry on, Mr. Barry–you are an asset to this County.

  • jeeperman January 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

    So is “Dale Parker” actually Uncle Wilson or King George?

    • Rick Outzen January 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Dale Parker is Dale Parker

  • Barbara Mayall January 9, 2014 at 6:59 am

    You are absolutely right. We need a i.e.(C.A)staff to bring the City and County together in a working relationship, for the citizens and TAXPAYERS of both City and County, not separate the governments further. Larry Newsome is a perfect example of a County Staff employee that goes the extra mile for the Citizens and really try’s to create working relationships. Whoever gets the job, I hope they will be humble enough to listen to what Larry has to say and not let their EGO get in the way. Taxpayers aren’t paying for EGO we are paying for good employees that has taxpayers interest at heart. BTW Bill Reynolds is not a long time resident of Pensacola/Escambia County. He moved here when he got hired by the Mayor of The City of Pensacola. Please Commissioners we voted you in to make wise decisions please think this one through as I know you all will.

  • CJ Lewis January 8, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Of the five Commissioners, Steve Barry is clearly the best and brightest. He is good with details and understands the long-term implications of decisions. He has common sense, a rare commodity in elected officials. He has a strong backbone, another rarity. He’s not a political opportunist. He strikes me as a truth-teller, another uncommon trait in an elected official. He is a good politician but hardly acts like one with no obvious pompous sense of self-importance. Unlike the others, he seems a regular guy. Barry exudes more natural leadership talent than the other four Commissioners put together. If all County electors got to vote to pick one Commissioner to be Chairperson, Barry is the guy who should get the job.

    The problem with Escambia County is not the County Administrator. That job is described by Florida Statute. Any half-decent retired military officer could do the job. The County’s true deficiency here is in leadership. State law gives lots of options to include adopting better forms of government. That won’t happen anytime soon. However, if the Commissioners simply elected their Chairperson every two years with the option to reelect a good one for another two years, the County government would have more direction and stability. The reason so few people applied for the job mostly tells you what people in the County Administration profession think about the Escambia County Commission. People talk; word gets around.

  • Jacqueline January 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, Mr. Parker, if Steven Barry is your idea of a bad commissioner, I wonder what you would consider good?

    He comes to the meetings prepared, having read the back up materials and not just the agenda. He appears to have contacted the necessary departments to form an intelligent opinion. He is understandably very adept in financial discussions and financial practices given his professional background. And an added bonus is that he pays attention to speakers and doesn’t get up and down out of his seat like many commissioners while the meeting is going on.
    I have never seen him complain about the length of the meetings or say that he has scheduled personal or other appointments close to meeting times making him impatient to leave.
    He makes himself available to his constituents in quarterly town hall meetings and has said he will continue even if the turn out is low. I have only spoken to him a few times, but as a district 5 voter, I couldn’t be more pleased with his performance so far.

    But seeing the commissioners that you did and did not mention, I am guessing that your criteria must be a different one.

  • George's List January 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Dale’s right! These people don’t meet any of the qualifications specified in this internal memo I found:
    “Requiermints for perminint county adminustrater:
    * must currintly be employ’d
    * must alreddy werk 4 Escambia County
    * must be named George”
    According to protocols, this means the pool of candidates is officially “too thin” and we’ll need to start all over again.

  • Sad State January 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Tempting to see Reynolds get the job just to poke a stick in Hayward’s eye.

  • Dale Parker January 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    The commission eliminated the most qualified and experienced candidate. Clearly a weakling move on Grover, Luman And most certainly Steven Berry whom I believe will turn out to be the worst commissioner to ever hold that seat.

    What was left is the garbage listed above all of whom did not meet the specifications required including that they were employed. It would be interesting to take the application requirements and audit each applicant. You would see the weakness of the pool.

  • Cal Robinson January 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    William Reynolds. Is that Bill Reynolds the former city administrator that gave confidential documents at World of Beer?

    If so, the fact that he made the short list says a lot about what the committee is looking for.