Escambia County

State Attorney clears Valentino on email issue

April 17, 2014

The State Attorney’s office has sent a letter to Douglas Underhill concerning whether Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino delivered requested emails to Underhill in a timely matter. The letter, dated today and signed by Gregory Marcille, Chief Assistant State Attorney, stated that based on the SAO review all records requested had been received by Underhill and “the failure to provide the records at the time of the original request was inadvertent.”

Read SAO_Valentino.

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  • Cynical Citizen April 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The people in that district elected someone that represents them, alright.


  • Dale Parker April 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

    My observation is simple, Mr Valentino is smart. If he was hiding something he would not have included other county/government email addresses in the CC field which he knew would be discoverable in a records request. I think that by doing that it illustrates a lack of intent to hide said emails.

    More Esambia / Pensacola gotcha politics!

  • Jacqueline Rogers April 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Commissioner Valentino told me in the Public Forum on April 3, 2014, when I questioned him about the situation, that the emails were on his private email because it was a private business investment and so it was not county business.
    Slide the minute marker to 37:00.

    So he told me (in public) that he *meant* for those emails to be private (which is different than the county tech person’s explanation as to why it happened!) because he was discussing a private investment in the film industry.
    He had never given that explanation before and if you read through the chain of emails, you can see that several county employees were involved in several chains of emails, so this seems hard to believe.

    In some of the emails, Mr. Valentino seems to be planning to set up some type of film commission or office in the county with Mr. Sinor helping to develop the details. If the commissioner is working on that with county officials and other community entities, then that would most certainly be in an official capacity and you can see that the topic is included in official emails.

    So his most recent assertion that he is also privately investing in films would be even more troubling because than he would be using his official capacity as commissioner to ultimately improve conditions for an industry that he was planning to privately invest in?

    I emailed my concerns to the State Attorney’s office but never received a reply.

  • Wayne April 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Did you think anything different with our local state attorney. None of them ever do anything wrong

  • Wayne April 17, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Did you think anything different with our local state attorney. None of them ever do anything wrong