Pensacola Politics

Reynolds forgot about this email

March 6, 2013

The cover up is always worse than the original actions. And the trouble with lies, it’s hard to keep up with them.

While City Administrator Bill Reynolds was quick yesterday to place blame on former Chief of Staff John Asmar for Derek Cosson’s anonymously posting on this blog and other websites, he ignored one key player during the period I originally posted about –Tamara Fountain.

Reynolds told the council in a memo on Oct. 25:

Dear members of the City Council,
In response to several questions/comments from the meeting on Thursday night:

In response to Ms. Mack’s issues with the license to use real property for Jaco’s, such a license is a long-time common law concept. It was approved by Council first in April of 2007, and there are no legal issues with the application in light of that approval, and the subsequent amendment also approved by Council.

In 2007 when the General Pension Plan was closed, there were 480 employees eligible to participant in FRS and 127 elected to move to FRS. There are currently 140 non-union full time employees participating in FRS who were not included in the wage increase approved by City Council last night. The only FRS participants who received a pay increase are 41 employees included in the AFSCME union.

Ms. Tamara Fountain serves under contract (not as an employee) as the Communications Administrator. Her contract is for $60,000 a year. In addition to overseeing the efforts of the Public Information Officer, she has also been given the responsibility of oversight for the Zimmerman contract.

Have a good weekend.

William H. Reynolds
City Administrator
City of Pensacola
222 W Main St.
Pensacola FL 32502

My sources tell me that Fountain was working behind the scenes for Hayward for several weeks before this email. These negative posts by Cosson didn’t begin until she arrived on the scene. We have no negative posts from Cosson (using the IP address in question) prior to late August. None.

Cosson and Fountain share an office. What did Cosson post under Fountain’s supervision (using only Reynold’s email date as her start date):

——————-Tuesday, 10/31/12
Lewis J. Christopher
Submitted on 2012/10/30 at 4:23 pm

The thing that’s really surprised me about this whole incident is how the police officers don’t understand WHO THEY WORK FOR… if you or I went into a meeting and badmouthed our boss we would be let go immediately. I think Hayward is showing a lot of restraint by handling the issue internally.

——————-Wednesday, 10/31/12
Submitted on 2012/10/31 at 8:34 am

I was there at Gallery Night and the conduct of the police officers was APPALLING. I have always had great interactions with the PPD but officers were yelling, being aggressive, and treating everyone like it was a riot. I had some friends in from out of town and I was so embarrassed.

——————-Thursday, 11/01/12
Submitted on 2012/11/01 at 8:55 am

@Alex, I guess all of the people that posted on the DIB and WEAR-TV facebook pages about the poor conduct of the PPD at Gallery Night are all liars too? Disappointing when our officers can’t admit they handled a situation badly.

——————-Tuesday, 11/14/12
Submitted on 2012/11/14 at 8:40 am

I’m so disappointed in our city council. With all of the problems facing this community THIS is what they’re spending time on? Everybody needs to grow up and move on.

——————-Tuesday, 11/27/12
Lewis J. Christopher
Submitted on 2012/11/27 at 10:45 am

Seriously? Adding committees just means more opportunities for the KOOK PATROL (Myers, Pratt, Bare, etc.) to grandstand for hours on end. We’d just have more 4-5 hour meetings!

Fountain comes on the scene. Cosson goes negative anonymously. Fountain and Reynolds push blame on Asmar, get Cosson to take the rap and how hope this will stop any investigation.

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