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Castille resigns as city administrator

Castille resigns as city administrator

Coleen Castille has resigned as Pensacola's city administrator, effective Sept. 3. City CFO Dick Barker will be the interim administrator. Communications Administrator Tamara Fountain has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer. Eric Olson will be the assistant city administrator. Press [...]

Mayor supports Recall amendment, council staff not so much

Mayor supports Recall amendment, council staff not so much

From the Mayor's Office: I believe that citizens should have a clear path to recall any elected official, and if this amendment helps clarify the issue, then I wholeheartedly support it. However, I’m disappointed that the City Council is pushing forward with an amendment that could radically [...]

Weekend Buzz: PNJ reporters of the future, Mayoral spin, Putting out firefighters

Weekend Buzz: PNJ reporters of the future, Mayoral spin, Putting out firefighters

PNJ Reporters of the Future An insider at our daily newspaper sent Jim Romenesko, industry analyst and founder of JimRomnesko.com, the new job description for reporters at the Pensacola News Journal. According to the tipster, the job titles/descriptions/duties are being standardized across [...]

Johnson allegedly interfered with police union negotiations in 2012

Johnson allegedly interfered  with police union negotiations in 2012

In 2012, Mayor Ashton Hayward was locked into a battle with Pensacola Police union over their collective bargaining agreement and pension. The mayor's negotiating team was attorney Rob Larkin of Allen Norton & Blue in Tallahassee, Chief of Staff John Asmar and Dave Penzone, who had chaired his [...]

PYP election survey has some surprises

PYP election survey has some surprises

A hundred-plus people attended the August 5 Candidate Forum at Seville Quarter, hosted by PYP, the Greater Pensacola Chamber, and Seville Rotary. Pictures of the event can be found here on the PYP Facebook page. After all the candidates spoke, PYP surveyed the audience - which included PYP [...]

Chicago Tribune ‘Town Without Pity’ editorial mentions Pensacola

Chicago Tribune ‘Town Without Pity’ editorial mentions Pensacola

The legacy of the mayor's office 2013 homeless ordinance still lives. In yesterday's editorial, the Chicago Tribune singled out the city of Pensacola for its anti-blanket ordinance. Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Orlando, Dallas and dozens of other cities have cracked down on their homeless [...]

Apparently city staff did not get the memo about transparency

Apparently city staff did not get the memo about transparency

Pensacola attorney Eric Stevenson is frustrated that he can not get the city of Pensacola to respond to his June public record request for information regarding the city's contract with an attorney that is representing the city in a lawsuit. "I can't figure out what it takes to get the city to [...]

Weekend Buzz: Hayward exercises veto, Recycling comeback and Larry The Lion roars

Weekend Buzz: Hayward exercises veto, Recycling comeback and Larry The Lion roars

Mayor Ashton Hayward notified the Pensacola City Council on Friday that he has vetoed Ordinances 26-14 and 27-14 that were passed by the council to better manage the mayor's power to enlist outside attorneys. In an email to the council, Hayward said that the City Attorney (Jim Messer) and CFO [...]

LBJ bashes Myers at end of council meeting

LBJ bashes Myers at end of council meeting

This morning I reviewed last night's Pensacola City Council. The Council Communications section near the end of the the three-hour meeting had a surprise. Councilman Larry Johnson went after Councilman Sherri Myers and asked that the city council investigate Myers’ conduct to “determine [...]

Council member challenges mayor’s legal expenses

Council member challenges mayor’s legal expenses

Councilwoman Sherri Myers shared this report from Ann Regan on her battle to gather the facts on the city of Pensacola's legal expenses since Mayor Ashton Hayward has taken office. Regan has sent it to several members of the Pensacola City Council: Over the past three plus years of Mayor [...]

Hayward MIA from Freedom to Marry petition signed by Florida mayors

Hayward MIA from Freedom to Marry petition signed by Florida mayors

The city of Pensacola is one of a handful of city's that has a domestic partnership registry. In December, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 41-13 that created the registry that provides registered domestic partners with various rights and benefits. Recently Southerners for the Freedom to [...]

Chief Simmons press release comes back to bite him

Chief Simmons press release comes back to bite him

Cops and athletes are a superstitious lot. No baseball pitcher wants to hear the press box announce that he is pitching a no-hitter. A basketball player dreads the announcer mentioning that he hasn't missed a free throw, because surely the next one will clank off the rim. Homicide detectives [...]

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