Jeremy's Notebook

Hayward Nominates Terry for RESTORE

January 30, 2013

haywardMayor Ashton Hayward has called for a special Pensacola City Council meeting tomorrow to consider his new nominee for the city’s seat on Escambia County’s RESTORE advisory committee. He is nominating Gulf Power VP Bentina Terry.

“She’s a highly qualified person that most council members know and are familiar with,” said city spokesman Derek Cosson.

Terry is Gulf Power’s vice president for external affairs and corporate services. She is also Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May’s pick—her name submitted Jan. 9—to fill a citizen at-large seat on the RESTORE advisory committee.

“Apparently not,” Cosson said.

A call to May was not immediately returned. County staff is currently verifying the status of the commissioner’s RESTORE pick.

Hayward has apparently spoken with all but two council members—he has yet to reach Larry B. Johnson and Sherri Myers—and feels that he has adequate support for Terry. The council must ultimately approve or reject the mayor’s nominee.

“I don’t know if we want to count our chickens, but I think it was fairly positive,” Cosson said.

Tomorrow’s special meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Pensacola City Hall. As per county guidelines, it is the final day for the city to put forth a RESTORE representative.

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  • Jessica January 31, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Cossen must be briefing the Mayor on Rick’s Blog, and his recent criticism of the lack of diversity in leadership positions on City Committees. So desperate to change this perception, the Mayor stole Commissioner May’s selection. Months from now, when everyone has forgotten this debacle, the Mayor will no doubt brag about the diversity of his pick as if she was his first choice.

    Ms. Terry is an excellent choice and I hope she can rip off the Mayors blinders which have resulted in him overlooking highly qualified women working diligently right under his nose.

  • soo wee January 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    get on with it for goodness sakes. perhaps Bentina can keep the local piggies from getting fat at the Restore trough – oink oink

  • George Hawthorne January 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Clearly, this shows a cooperative relationship between Commisioner May and the City and provides him another opportunity to appoint another qualified member. Frankly, I would like to see Van Mansker as another appointee option for Commissioner May.

    Van Mansker has a highly experienced workforce development background and corporate H.R. experience. He was the Regional V.P. for Loews and a DNC delegate along with many national corporate contacts and political relationships.

  • Outstanding January 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Nice recovery Mayor.

  • Eric2 January 30, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Actually Epenn, it is a shrewd move to possibly get two African Americans on the committee

  • EPenn January 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    So, let me get this straight, the Mayor is highjacking the County Commissioner’s choice? What in the world is that! I guess this is so the Mayor can say that the Commissioner’s choice is late now.. ha ha

    This gets dumber by the minute…

  • Mary Gutierrez January 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Although I think Betina Terry is highly qualified for this position, I am unsure why the City is selecting someone who is already going to be on the Committee.? Surely there is another qualified resident of the City of Pensacola who can take on this important task.

    • Rick Outzen January 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Commissioner May, who had nominated Terry after Mayor Hayward rejected her for Dave Penzone, can now nominate someone else.

  • George Hawthorne January 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    An excellent pick!

  • Ames January 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Well shucks, pile on more corporate interests to the group tasked with protecting the environment. How about adding someone from the oil industry that’s wanting to drill over by Blackwater, too?? Pffff snark