Has Okaloosa County become the new Escambia County?

May 5, 2012

The two past decades saw Escambia County get repeatedly hit with scandals. Both the Escambia County Commission and the School Board had members removed by the governor–most notably former Escambia County Commission Chairman W.D. Childers.

Okaloosa County has seen a state representative (Ray Sansom) and its college president (Bob Richburg) caught in a scandal. Sansom was booted from the Florida House on the eve of being sworn as Speaker of the House. The Crestview police chief is under investigation. The Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris and his senior staff were arrested for a bribery scam. Its tax collector, Chris Hughes, resigned and had been accused of misusing his position.

Now we have its TDC director apparently killing himself after being caught buying a yacht and possibly a home with TDC dollars.

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  • Leroy Carter May 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Just for the record none of them. I am retired and have no connection with advertising.

  • Bad ads May 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Leroy – which agency do you work for, Appleyard, Bullock or their joint venture?

  • Mark May 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Yep – they blow smoke about how much money they shovel to the local contractors. Brilliant.

  • jeeperman May 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Hey, each local gooberment goes thru a learning curve.
    The Escambia County “machine” learned from their mistakes.
    And now they do a much better job of doing what they have always done.
    It is just Okaloosa County’s time to learn how to do it as good as Escambia.

  • Leroy Carter May 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It will be interesting to see just what the Zimmermann Agency played in all of this besides just buying the boat. They are the advertising agency the mayor hired. This could get interesting.

  • Jimbob May 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I bet their county commissioners don’t have their own television channel like ours do. I crack up every time I channel surf and catch a glimpse of Valentino’s View. Dude looks like a cheap version of Merv Griffin.

  • Concern Citizen May 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I think they got Escambia beat. That’s good it takes the light off us.