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We’re no lawyers

But it does appear County Administrator George Touart has an ethics issue: Here is the law: (7)CONFLICTING EMPLOYMENT OR CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP. (a)No public officer or employee of an agency shall have or hold any employment or contractual relationship with any business entity or any [...]

Longer BOCC meetings

Longer BOCC meetings

The Board of County Commissioners will have to add additional half hour to its meetings for County Administrator to go over all this relationships with various parties involved in the staff recommendations on the agenda. Then each commissioner will need to report on any property purchases or [...]

Back to the Future with George

A week after County Administrator George Touart was verbally reprimanded by the Escambia County commission for side business deals with parties involved in a $1.41 million land purchase by the county, the Pensacola News Journal uncovers more deals. None appear to be illegal on the surface, but all [...]

Touart hole gets deeper

The PNJ has uncovered more on County Administrator George Touart and his business dealings with people who do business with Escambia County. Touart's employee leasing company, Global Employment Services Inc, has done business with a major county contractor, RW Beck. RW Beck has done more than [...]

Germ of an idea

Germ of an idea

After I realized that the Escambia Sheriff's total budget was nearly $30 million more than the entire City of Pensacola budget, it became very apparent how unfair it is for Pensacola residents to pay for Escambia County Sheriff's Office (ECSO). City property owners should pay for the jail and [...]

What is the ECSO budget

What is the ECSO budget

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office proposed budget for 2007-08 can not be found anywhere online. From the Escambia County website we can learn that from the general fund ECSO gets $79,700,000 plus $71,725 from Article V fund, $12,775 from handicapped parking fund and $3,181,818 from Local Option [...]

MOBy makes a good point

MOBy makes a good point

Today PNJ columnist Mark O'Brien makes a good point about city councilmen and county commissioners needing to be bold. I would push the point even further. When will the county commission put the public and their civic duty ahead of their re-election aspirations? At Monday's meeting, it was [...]

INdaily has Volunteer Fire audit report

Duwayne Escobedo reports on the volunteer firefighters rebuttal to the Clerk's audit of stipends. We actually have the pdf of the report. Read: Volunteer Fire Audit Note: Comment on the audit - but don't let this debate degrade to personal attacks on the characters of the fire chiefs, union [...]

County missed the ECAT bus

County missed the ECAT bus

Our research is revealing more to the ECAT funding issue than what has been reported by the Escambia Board of County Commissioners. The City of Pensacola funds its part of ECAT with the gas taxes it receives from Escambia County. A portion ($800-900K) goes to ECAT, the balance is used to pave [...]

Budget choices

Commissioner Mike Whitehead did make a bold move when he questioned whether reserves should be used for libraries and ECAT. It would have been very easy to placate the crowd and go along with the motion. But Whitehead is right in asking are books more important than family and children's [...]

Need for charter

The funds for funding the libraries and ECAT are in the Escambia County Sheriff's $75-$80 million budget, but because we don't have a charter, the commissioners have not power to review or modify his budget. Heck, with what the sheriff has paid in taser settlements, the county could pay its share [...]

Battle of the bears

Yesterday's meeting between the Pensacola City Council and the Escambia Board of County Commissioners was a battle of the bears - Commissioner Mike Whitehead and City Councilman Jack Nobles. Whitehead wanted the county to assume control of the public library system and all the funding because [...]

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