Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward has vetoed the Pensacola City Council action to begin the hiring process for a budget analyst. However, not only did the city voters authorize the position in the 2014 general election, but the Council approved a ordinance establishing the position in April 2016, according to the city’s code of ordinances.
If Mayor Hayward disagreed with the formation of the position, he should have vetoed Ordinance 10-16 – which created the position,identified the qualifications and established the salary range of $26,270 to $43,868. (BTW: The salary is less than what the mayor spent on the investigation of the fire chiefs last year and on par with the contract for his personal social media handler.)
Yesterday, Mayor Hayward’s PIO Vernon Stewart told the media,“All actions taken by the City Council that are not an ordinance are considered a resolution.”