Escambia County News Politics

Oliver’s Contract on the Table

October 11, 2012

If Escambia County Administrator Randy Oliver wasn’t yet sweating his upcoming job performance review, he probably is following this morning’s meeting. During its Committee of the Whole session, the Escambia County Commission decided to reserve the right to take a termination vote following the administrator’s Oct. 18 evaluation.

Commissioner Kevin White referred to the measure as “housekeeping” and said the board needed to reserve the right to take a termination vote to ensure that option is available. Otherwise, the commission would need to schedule the vote for another time if that was the direction it chose to go.

Both commissioners Grover Robinson and Marie Young expressed concerns about reserving the right to take such a vote. They were the two dissenting votes, as White was joined by Chairman Wilson Robertson and Vice Chairman Gene Valentino in passing a motion giving the commission the option to vote on terminating Oliver’s contract after the evaluation.

Oliver’s contract was scheduled to be discussed during a September meeting, but the issue was later pulled from the agenda. The county administrator’s evaluation—and, now, possibly a termination vote—is slated for the commission’s meeting next week.

  • joe October 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Gosh, a crazy cpl of days for news in this area.
    The civic center is a success.
    Valentino implying there is economic benefit to his overseas trips.
    Touart, (Twa) as his dad pronounced it, is back in the news.
    Escambia county school board is proposing to do something with abandoned schools.
    And we make the news again for long missing dead bodies found in wooded areas.

    This weather change must have releaased the goblins a little early for halloween.

  • Wow October 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    If Touart gets in the GOB’s will be able to get major share of RESTORE money – that is the plan. As usual it’s all about the Benjamin’s baby. Looks for lots of road paving and land flipping. Other counties mounting serious game plans and the best we can do is feed the local piggies at the trough. Oink oink.

  • DVanNess October 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Way to go AC Perk.. Glad to see someone has the guts to bring to light the REAL situation.. You are so right about Valentino and George Tourant.
    The rumors abound are that if the commission oust Oliver and replaces him with Tourant, that “White” has been promised a job. Plus of course Tourant will be more than happy to do the GOB’s bidding for them.
    Oliver has no personal agenda to meet, not interested in being in front of cameras the way the others are.. Nor does he receive personal gain from his position.
    However, Valentino owns a firm by the name of “Collectors Solutions” which is a credit card processing company. Isn’t it amazing, but Escambia County taxpayers that pay their taxes via credit card are processed through his company. Take an average of 2% of the total tax revenue generated and processed. Gee.. Geno looks like you profit nicely.. This is acurate and true information.. Just contact your tax comissioner..
    Instead of railroading and ousting Oliver… It time to oust Valentino and Wilson…

  • AC Perk October 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Valentino acts like a 2 year old, his evaluation should be thrown out totally! His trips to Paris and Berlin were a total waste of tax payer dollars! I have never seen anyone as pompous or idiotic! He is always misinformed/uniformed…and it is never HIS fault.

    White is leaving and shouldn’t be allowed to have a say, he isn’t going to be working with the administrator anyway!

    The story behind the story? George Touart! Let’s see how long it takes for his name to come up!

  • KAshe October 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Mr. Oliver is a fine upstanding Christian man that is honest and is doing a wonderful job for Escambia county.
    The commissioners have had 2 years to convert Mr. Oliver to a puppet and he refuses to cave. He stays true to his position and for what is best for the people of Escambia county.
    Escambia county has been noted by the State of Florida as one on the most sound counties. This is a direct reflection on Mr. Oliver.
    People of Escambia County stand up- Do not let Wilson, White and Valentino run Mr. Oliver off. Mr. Oliver believes in Escambia County and all of us.

  • Helpmehere October 12, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Our county government is a joke. White is wreaking havoc on his way out the door. Someone give him a job so he can chill out.

  • EPenn October 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Oliver is fari and unbiased… Why would they want a person like that around…

    If they vote out Oliver it just reinforces how corrupt escambia county truly is.

  • Ames October 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    They want a puppet, George

  • George Hawthorne October 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Jeremy and Rick,

    What is the “back-story” behind this? I seems that Randy is doing a good job. There must be more to this or is this Kevin “Mr. No” White’s scorched earth policy exit?