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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  • joe March 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    One has to wonder, based on Mr. Cosson’s subsequent posts whether or not he learned from his mistakes, Ms. Fountain. He’ll be gone soon enough. There’s only room for a limited number of spoiled, not held accountable for their actions, brats in the Mayor’s office and Hayward is collecting the majority of the chits.

  • Denise March 7, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I believe in fact that Ms. Fountain was last associated with Judge Bergosh, not Judge Terrell…and we all know how the Godzilla family loves to post specious blog entries ….

  • What a Joke March 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Tamara — Cosson very talented? Really? Don’t you wonder why he was selected for this job without competition & without having any education or experience related to the job? Cosson did the right thing when he did what he was told by a “superior.” Of course the public does not know who that superior was. But he did the wrong thing when he lied about his actions. He should have been fired for lying. Why should the citizens of Pensacola or the press believe anything Mr. Cosson says? Once the PIO loses credibility, none of us can trust him.

  • Tamara Fountain March 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm


    Your insinuation is untrue. My emails were harvested in this investigation. My internet history was also harvested during this investigation. Mr. Taylor made a public records rquest that reveals that I did not make the posts. I did not direct Derek to do the posting.

    Derek is a very talented young man that made a mistake. He has taken responsibility for it. He has learned a tough lesson. I continue to support my colleague personally and professionally.

    I respectfully ask that you review the documentation or speak to me about the situation before insinuating that I was involved in this on your blog. You left off all the posts that were made by these personalities long before I began work. But, we both know that.

    Lastly, in your Zimmerman story, you stated that I last worked for Terry Terrell. This is not correct.

    Thank you for considering my point of view.



    • Rick Outzen March 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Ms. Fountain,
      Thou protest too much. More will be revealed in the coming days. Thank you for writing.


  • CJ Lewis March 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    The FY2013 Annual Budget approved by the City Council provides for a senior City officer position described as “Communications Administrator” (Tamara Fountain) effective October 1, 2012 reporting directly to Mayor Hayward. She is a member of Hayward’s so-called “Cabinet.” Hayward alone is responsible for everything Fountain does or fails to do directly or acting throught others as her willing or unwilling instrument.

    The same FY2013 Annual Budget provides for a Pubiic Information Officer (Derek Cosson) within the Technology Resources Division in the supervisory chain-of-command for the City Administrator (Bill Reynolds) not Fountain who has no direct report subordinates. No one has ever explained by what authority Fountain claims to supervise one of Reynold’s subordinates? Who is running City Hall?

    My recommendation is that the new Mayor elected in November 2014, or an Acting Mayor put in office sooner if/when Hayward gets suspended or removed from office by Governor Scott, eliminate the positions of Communications Administrator “and” the pseudo-Public Information Officer position replacing both with a professional Public Information Officer who is a Charter Officer appointed and dismissed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council.

    All that said, Reynolds has told at least one Council member that Asmar directed Cosson to take his actions. Cosson, in the presence of Fountain, has said that Asmar made him do it. Regardless, Cosson’s Nuremburg-style “I was just following orders.” defense is unbelievable because the actions he took were consistent with his actions when secretly operating his Progressive Pensacola website as part of Hayward’s campaign machine.

    The burden of the people of Pensacola is that we have unwittingly inflicted upon ourselves both a Weak Mayor and a Weak City Council and at the same time. To add insult to injury, Pensacola’s City Council is the second largest of the 410 municipalities in the State of Florida.

  • Dale Parker March 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Heck, if this is the fruit of a Strong Mayor Government… then I want to go back! I want to go back NOW! We need a strong Mayor like we need a hole in the head. OBVIOUSLY, Pensacola is incapable of having a single dictator type running the government.

    Truthfully, our City Government runs like an episode of “The Boss” which is scary.

  • Michelle Caldwell March 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I think we have seen that this administration it truly disconnected from the citizens it serves. This administration is self serving.
    I supported the strong mayor concept hoping it would change the community for the better.
    It’s just the good ole boy system dressed in drag.

  • Ross Calloway March 6, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Can’t disagree with what was said, regardless of who said it or from where it was said. It answers the question to, “What would Obama do.” What, following his example isn’t acceptable in Pensacola? Let’s all put on our big boy pants, stop the whining, and tend to doing the business you were elected to do.

    And by “all” I’m not including you Rick. It is for the folks at City Hall, on the outside chance that they get their city news here instead of from their constituents.