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Touart Makes Top 5

Touart Makes Top 5

The Escambia County Administrator Search Committee has drawn up a list of five applicants to submit to the Escambia County Commission later this week. Interim Administrator George Touart is on that list. “We’ve had a hot potato and we’re just kicking it upstairs,” said committee Chairman [...]

Group Therapy with Dr. Touart

Group Therapy with Dr. Touart

If tensions have been rumbling in the undercurrents of the Escambia County Commission, they bubbled to the surface yesterday in spectacular fashion. It began in the morning’s agenda review session, when Commissioner Grover Robinson—absent, attending an economic development meeting in Panama [...]

Grover’s Rationale

On his way back from a regional economic development meeting in Panama City, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson defended his recommendation to reopen the applicant pool for the county administrator position. His fellow commissioners soundly rejected that suggestion this morning during the [...]

Hiccup in Escambia’s Administrator Search

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson lit the fuse this morning, then got a safe distance away before the fireworks began. It was a move Commissioner Wilson Robertson described as “ridiculous” and “just about ludicrous.” Chairman Gene Valentino deemed it an “eleventh-hour stunt” [...]

Touart Survives Round One

Touart Survives Round One

Members of the Escambia County Administrator Search Committee went down the list of applicants for the county’s top job this afternoon and whittled down the number of potential contenders. Interim County Administrator George Touart made the cut on a 4-1 vote. “He’s qualified,” said Bob [...]

Gathering for the Hunt

Gathering for the Hunt

The men who will help steer the selection of Escambia County’s next administrator gathered for their initial meeting today. They were introduced to huge binders full of resumes as they tried to get a grasp on the mission that lies ahead. “What are we looking for?” asked Tom [...]

Brush Strokes and Non-Starters

Brush Strokes and Non-Starters

It’s unclear what course of action the Escambia County Commission will take in response to the recent U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the operations of the Escambia County Jail. The board clearly didn’t have much appetite for any of the proposals brought to them this morning by [...]

Looking for Lockup Money

Looking for Lockup Money

Later this week, the Escambia County Commission will be looking at three proposals from staff concerning the Escambia County Jail and the sheriff’s budget. County officials are working to address findings from a recently released U.S. Department of Justice investigation that indicated significant [...]

Panama Gene and the Flow Control Victory

Fresh off his economic development trip to Central America, Escambia County Commission Chairman Gene Valentino is jazzed about possible opportunities locally. “Contrary to the pundits, I was not on the beach sunning myself,” he said this morning during the commission’s agenda review [...]

Commissioner Barry’s Town Hall

Commissioner Barry’s Town Hall

Escambia County District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry will hold an open forum town hall meeting on Monday. The May 13 town hall is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., in the Ransom Middle School cafeteria. The school is located at 1000 West Kingsfield Road, in Cantonment. For more information, contact [...]

Getting ‘Derailed’ with RESTORE

Getting ‘Derailed’ with RESTORE

As the Escmabia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee gets its feet wet, county officials have varying views on exactly how the body should function. “We’re a little concerned,” Interim County Administrator George Touart told the Escambia County Commission during yesterday’s Committee of [...]

Search Extended, Raise Declined

Search Extended, Raise Declined

The Escambia County Commission extended its search for a county administrator today, as Interim Country Administrator George Touart declined a proposed raise. Commissioners decided to extend the administrator search for 90 days. They’ll get a progress update from HR in a month. Commission [...]

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