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Ashton Hayward


City Attorney advised Mayor to settle Reynolds lawsuit

September 23, 2016

City Attorney Lysia Bowling advised Mayor Ashton Hayward to settle the William Reynolds v. City of Pensacola lawsuit in September 2015, according to Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille. She told him that she also advised…


SAO: Insufficient evidence regarding Reynolds settlement

September 22, 2016

The State Attorney’s Office has determined there was insufficient evidence to establish that Mayor Ashton Hayward committed any crime when he settled his former city administrator’s lawsuit with the City of Pensacola for $95,571. Last week,…


Okaloosa fire chiefs suspended, see report

September 16, 2016

Ocean City Wright Fire Control District commissioners voted this week to suspend Fire Chief Billy Lord for 45 days and Assistant Fire Chief Scott Funchess for 30 days without pay following an investigation of their alleged…


Turnover occurs often in Mayor Hayward’s office

September 14, 2016

The City of Pensacola’s budget details the organizational structure of each city department, including the Mayor’s Office. The positions in that department have turned over an average of three to five times since Mayor Ashton Hayward…


Mayor Hayward responds, Inweekly asks for clarification

September 14, 2016

The Pensacola News Journal published these statements attributed to the Hayward administration in regards to the $95K paid to former City Administrator Bill Reynolds and his attorney: 1. The city was sued in an employment contractual…


Questions posed to Mayor Hayward

September 13, 2016

Since the mayor has refused our interview requests, we sent his Public Information Officer Vernon Stewart our questions and requested written responses. Last year, the Pensacola News Journal had to do the same thing during the…


City manipulates reports to hide Fire OT

September 12, 2016

The City of Pensacola Finance Department finally uploaded the July 2016 financial reports to the city’s website. Once again, the “current approved budget” line items were manipulated to hide how overtime paid at the Fire Department…

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2016 Mayor’s Cup Golf Classic

September 9, 2016

Mayor Ashton Hayward and the City of Pensacola have announced the 2016 Pensacola Mayor’s Cup Golf Classic will be Oct. 7 at Osceola Municipal Golf Course. All proceeds from the event benefit The First Tee of…


Wells retired and still got severance

September 8, 2016

On Sept. 7, the City of Pensacola released the personnel folder of former City Attorney Rusty Wells. Wells completed the Deferred Retirement Option program on Aug. 1, 2009. However, the Pensacola City Council allowed him to…