Escambia County

If one commissioner will make the motion…

June 20, 2013

George Touart will be retired and can no longer badger the commissioners, run off good department heads and block any worthwhile county administrator being hire.

Gene Valentino can be removed as the chairman.

The county jail can remain in the hands of professionals.

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Make the motions. I have to believe that those motions will get seconds. The votes will either be 4-1 or 3-2 in favor.

And we end this nightmare.

  • EPenn June 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Are there still people in our local government that represent us? Are there still those patriots brave enough out there to stop the madness? We will see… We voted in two new, good commissioners and kept a another good one… We “the people” did it for a reason. Do what needs to be done for us. (not them/the self severing)

  • Jacqueline Rogers June 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Nope, they caved. All except Commissioner May! They voted 4-1 to take back the jail even after Comm. Barry couldn’t get Touart to tell him how much it would cost! Touart said that they had to vote to take the jail back before they could estimate the *true* cost.

    I asked for Touart to be removed and for them to pick an new chairman but they didn’t even acknowledge it. (Except Valentino who said that he was glad that I didn’t live in his district, lol!)

    This was all a set up. In the morning, Touart said he would have a presentation tonight with demonstrated savings through healthcare agreements with local hospitals. Tonight, he had no idea and never mentioned these health care savings.

    Robertson and Valentino kept saying there were only two options 1) tax increase and have Sheriff keep the jail or 2) no tax increase, still give some raises,and take over the jail. Those weren’t the only two choices but that is what they kept saying. Totally unrealistic.

    Touart, by not giving any details, just insured himself a job until at least January. He told the commissioners that he needed 90 days to implement the change (Oct. 1st – Jan. 1st.) Barry and Robinson said no but I don’t think that they know how badly they have been set up. What new administrator is going to come in the middle of all this?!

    Commissioner May did a great job of asking tough questions (as did Barry) and really letting Touart know what he thought of his lack of information.

  • Sad State June 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Any way we can remove the Mayor in a similar manner?!

  • denise June 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    New day…they allow calls from jails and prisons now ?

    Learn something new every day…

  • Rick June 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I think Barry or May can and may very well step up snd make this motion. ..

  • New day June 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Touart backers burning the phone lines to Robinson, May and Barry all day long today. Hopefully courage will prevail.