Escambia County Politics

SAO: No criminal charges to be filed against Robertson

November 17, 2011

State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office has announced that no criminal charges will be filed against Escambia County Commissioner Wilson Robertson in regards to him using his influence to help Forrest Gibbs get a job with the county at salary above the advertised range. SAO investigators interviewed both Robertson and Gibbs and eight other witnesses and found nothing wrong. Read 4901_0001.

The only ones left to render a decision are the voters.

  • dream crusher November 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I have crafted new legislation making elected-official interference with an appointed search committee against Florida law. Unfortunately, to get key support, I exempted any committee members who don’t carry a gun or over-use fertilizer — they won’t count.

  • jeeperman November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    “A potential determination of probable cause would launch an investigation by the ethics commission, but that can only be determined if a citizen files a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics.”

    An honorable man who claims to be innocent and desires to show his community that he has not violated any ethics rules would he himself file an ethics complaint.

  • jeeperman November 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    So anyways……………………..Wilson Robertson said early on “When the day arrived that he could not be a reference for a potential county employee…….he would no longer be a county commissoner”.
    Or something to that effect.
    Then he and the BOCC voted to make it county policy that no one seeking employment with the county could use a commissioner as a job reference.

    When does Wilson keeps his promise and resign ?

  • L.Laird November 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Birds of a feather flock together. Commissioner Wilson Robertson, Sen. Greg Evers, Rep. Clay Ingram, GOB Eddins and their mob boss Ric$$ Scott, all support suppression of voter’s right to VOTE….And people wonder WHY??? Occupy Pensacola is camping out @ City Hall..

  • Eric November 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Rick, do you know if this opinion was based on the requests by Robertson and oter commissioners or if they were investigating as part of a complaint?

    Didn’t the ethics commission state they were not issuing an opinion based on what the letter was requesting and they would only look at it further if a complaint was filed and the complaint could be filed by a citizen.

    Anyway, what Robertson did may have been unethical and misuse of his power but it sure doesn’t seem criminal an probabl not something that happens all the time, perhaps more subtly, by others in office.