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Buzz: George Touart passes away

Buzz: George Touart passes away

I just got a phone call that former County Administrator George Touart passed away during the night. Yesterday I received this email from one of George's friends on my recent Outtakes and on Touart's service to the county: In opening, I would like to thank you for your article. I am [...]

Weekend Buzz: Touart praises Hayward, DOJ backs Sheriff, County makes IHMC expansion possible

Weekend Buzz: Touart praises Hayward, DOJ backs Sheriff, County makes IHMC expansion possible

I thought last week was going to be quiet, my bad. Maybe--just maybe--this week we can step away from the melodrama of Pensacola politics. In the days between Christmas and New Year's Day, I will post my top five IN Cover stories, Outtakes, News stories and Florida Voices/Context Florida [...]

County and City Council: “We have no idea what is going on”

County and City Council: “We have no idea what is going on”

I had a conference phone call this morning with Interim County Administrator George Touart and past Pensacola City Council President P.C. Wu about Mayor Ashton Hayward's announcement that he signed yesterday a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with ST Aerospace. Touart was emphatic that [...]

Another Ashton Hayward ambush, uses his Fish House strategy on the County

Another Ashton Hayward ambush, uses his Fish House strategy on the County

Mayor Ashton Hayward needed a “win.” His "negotiation strategy" with The Fish House didn't play out as he expected. There were no more big grants coming from the federal or state governments before the end of the year. No, Hayward needed a big job announcement, something that has eluded him [...]

Touart hammers away at fund set up to pay jail employees accrued leave

Touart hammers away at fund set up to pay jail employees accrued leave

By Jesse Farthing Interim County Administrator George Touart and his staff want the fund established by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan to pay the Escambia County Sheriff's Office employees' accrued leave and vacation time when they leave the agency. Touart needs that fund to help the [...]

Searching for the Searcher and the Campfire Sing-Along

Searching for the Searcher and the Campfire Sing-Along

It is unclear exactly what they will do later today, but Escambia County commissioners appear poised to formally request that a wider net be cast for consulting firms for the county administrator search, and most likely, that a search firm be selected by September. “You’re not gonna get the [...]

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 [...]

Escambia’s Big Gamble, or ‘No Blinking’

Escambia’s Big Gamble, or ‘No Blinking’

The Escambia County Commission has decided to take over operations of the Escambia County Jail. The move follows fruitless negotiations with the Escambia County Sheriff, the facility’s current manager, and was spurred by a U.S. Department of Justice investigation that mandates the county address [...]

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