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UWF Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation has new director and vision

UWF Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation has new director and vision

Press Release: On June 1, 2015, Dr. Wade Jeffrey became director of the University of West Florida’s Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation. A veteran professor of the Center, Jeffrey first came to UWF as a research assistant in 1991, moving through a series of promotions before [...]

Council given mixed messages on Tamara Fountain’s departure

Council given mixed messages on Tamara Fountain’s departure

Yesterday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced that his Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, had resigned. Before the official announcement was sent to the media, Hayward sent a memo to the Pensacola City Council. His memo made it appear that Fountain's resignation was planned and due to her [...]

Mayor says it is his fault that he screwed up qualifications of his COO

Mayor says it is his fault that he screwed up qualifications of his COO

Mayor Ashton Hayward told WEAR TV that he misspoke about his former Chief Operations Officer's education. Employees have come forward and said the COO talked about having a Masters. Other media are questioning whether outside influences forced Fountain out of city hall. On WEAR tonight, Mayor [...]

Groundbreaking for new downtown YMCA on Thursday

Groundbreaking for new downtown YMCA on Thursday

After years of planning, dreaming, and a year of intensive fundraising, the Downtown Pensacola YMCA will finally break ground on their new, state-of-the-art facility on Thursday. Members of the YMCA Board of Directors will be joined by representatives from the Levin, Bear, and Studer families to [...]

Pensacola Five Flags Rotary installs 2015-2016 Officers and Board of Directors

Pensacola Five Flags Rotary installs 2015-2016 Officers and Board of Directors

Pensacola Five Flags Rotary Installs 2015-2016 Officers and Board of Directors Press Release: Pensacola Five Flags Rotary Club recently held its annual Change of Command Ceremony to install its 2015-2016 officers and board of directors as well as to honor several Club members for their [...]

Escambia County Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program Returning

Escambia County Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program Returning

Press Release: The Escambia County Low-Cost Spay-Neuter program is returning, this time at the Pensacola Humane Society's Barbara Grice Memorial Spay and Neuter Clinic. Beginning September 1, Escambia County households making $35,000 or less per year will be eligible to receive discounted fees [...]

No special snowflakes at Pensacola City Hall

No special snowflakes at Pensacola City Hall

Few are surprised that Tamara Fountain is no longer working for Mayor Ashton Hayward. If we have learned anything about the mayor over the past five years, it's that Ashton's loyalty to his employees lasts as long as the positive headlines keep coming. John Asmar, Bill Reynolds, Colleen [...]

Fountain blames demise on local media and bloggers who ‘repeatedly crossed line and bullied public employees…’

Fountain blames demise on local media and bloggers who ‘repeatedly crossed line and bullied public employees…’

Mayor Ashton Hayward's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, resigned this morning. She also sent a letter to the Pensacola City Council saying, "It has been an honor to work for the citizens of Pensacola." She said her decision to resign was due to personal attacks that she said are unfair [...]

COO Fountain resigns

COO Fountain resigns

Press Release: The City of Pensacola announced today that Tamara Fountain would step down as Chief Operations Officer in order to pursue other opportunities. During her tenure, Fountain has managed the City’s enterprises – including Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola Energy, and [...]

Choral Society looking for executive director

Choral Society looking for executive director

The Choral Society of Pensacola is now hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director acts as a liaison between the organization and the press, sponsors, concert attendees and the general public. The ideal candidate is familiar with non-profit organizations, and comfortable with [...]

Hiring Fountain makes sense if…

Hiring Fountain makes sense if…

From the perspective of education and work history, Mayor Hayward’s hiring of Tamara Fountain as his Communications Administrator, at a salary above the market, doesn’t make sense. But it does if she was hired to help him win a second term. In other words, Hayward brought in Fountain to [...]

Gaetz family shows how to correct a misstatement….quickly and with humor

Gaetz family shows how to correct a misstatement….quickly and with humor

From The News Service of Florida: Everyone knows that Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, likes to tell tales and that some of them might have a North Dakota-sized dollop of exaggeration in them. But when Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, missed a father-son speaking engagement Wednesday, the elder [...]

Podcast: Rep. Jolly talks about his U.S. Senate bid

Podcast: Rep. Jolly talks about his U.S. Senate bid

Congressman David Jolly (R-Clearwater) is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio. We had him on "Pensacola Speaks" last week. Jolly has Pensacola roots. His father, Rev. Lawson Jolly, lived in Pensacola from 1991-2008. During that [...]

PBR: Olson has his own cover-up

PBR: Olson has his own cover-up

While his co-leader, COO Tamara Fountain, is battling to keep her job, City Administrator Eric Olson has some explaining to do about the Planning Department and the Planning Board--both of which fall under his supervision according to the new Organization Chart. Let's do some PBR - Planning [...]

PNJ editorial focuses the resume issue back on Mayor Ashton Hayward

PNJ editorial focuses the resume issue back on Mayor Ashton Hayward

The daily newspaper has a strong editorial coming out tomorrow. It is available online now: "City blind to bigger picture." The editorial board points out the issue surrounding the qualifications of Mayor Hayward's leadership team is "not about Tamara Fountain. It’s not about degrees or [...]

Resume-gate: One more misstatement

Resume-gate: One more misstatement

When Mayor Hayward's Chief Operations Officer, Tamara Fountain, tried to defend to PNJ reporter Will Isern why she did not have a resume in her personnel file, she told Isern that she was initially contracted by the mayor to review the city's dealing with The Zimmerman Agency. That review [...]

Resume-gate: How a snafu became a full blown crisis on the 7th floor of City Hall

Resume-gate: How a snafu became a full blown crisis on the 7th floor of City Hall

On July 24, Mayor Ashton Hayward is interviewed by WEAR TV reporter Amber Southard about his restructuring of his administration and the qualifications of his Chief Operations Officer. He misstates her salary and her degrees: “She’s very qualified, having an undergrad from Florida State and an [...]

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