Pensacola Politics

Oliver let go, then brought back to bash CMPA. Can we trust other city consultants?

June 28, 2013

Through a public record request, the Independent News found an email, dated March 22, where City Administrator Bill Reynolds told Randy Oliver, who had released an earlier report blaming many of the financial problems of the maritime park on the Blue Wahoos, that Mayor Ashton Hayward no longer needed his services and that his last day was April 19. (The letter has a typo – 2014)

Date: Friday, March 22, 2013 3:38 PM
To: Randy Oliver
Subject: Project Completion


The Mayor wanted me to thank you for your work with the City and to let you know that we are looking at a termination date for your contract of 19 April 2014. We sincerely appreciate the work you did on the Maritime Park report, but at this time we don’t appear to have any further projects. He has signed a letter for you, which I will have delivered. Please let me know if you have any questions.

My best,

On April 10, Oliver wrote Mr. Reynolds and Mayor Hayward to tell them:

I plan to write a short Report update making several suggest that I sent only to the two of you. Items to be addressed will be projected deficit (now $320,000 annually); location and platting of signage, and claiming all non-professional baseball days as “Community days”. I plan to have a draft by the end of this week or first of next week. You may want this directed to the City Attorney. Please advise.

A month later, Oliver’s report is released to the daily newspaper. It includes the above items, plus additional recommendations regarding the structure of the CMPA Board of Trustees. Recommendations that appear to come out of nowhere.

He recommends that either the City Council should appoint itself as the CMPA board or have the board report directly to the mayor.

“One governing body should be responsible for the decisions at the Maritime Park,” he wrote.

He also recommended that a single person — either the mayor or city administrator — accountable for all activities at the park.

Those new recommendations co-incidentally match Mayor Hayward’s thoughts that he shared in March with his supporters at 5 1/2 Bar.

Since the city council has yet to act on Oliver’s (and Hayward’s) structure recommendations, this isn’t that big of a deal, except when the mayor’s other consultants, like CBRE, issue their reports.

Will those recommendations be independent or rewritten to match the mayor’s agenda?

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