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Strong Mayor


Reynolds settlement without council approval an anomaly

September 26, 2016

Inweekly reporter Duwayne Escobedo called several cities with strong mayors from around the state of Florida to see what was their mayors’ legal authority to settlement lawsuits against their cities. Of those, some gave the mayor a $25,000-$30,000…


Viewpoint: What is a Strong Mayor?

April 13, 2015

By George Hawthorne, CEO, Diversity Program Advisors, Inc. Writing “strong memos” does not make a “strong mayor” in the absence of concise actions, transactional transparency and unambiguous communications. Strong mayors provide governance, policies and leadership that…

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CRA’s Backdoor?

February 7, 2012

Pensacola City Council members are once again split on what Mayor Ashton Hayward can and cannot—and should or should not—do. The familiar debate over the particulars of the city’s new strong-mayor form of government this time…


Bare endorses Wiggins

August 26, 2010

Charles Bare, who received 1,763 (13.6 percent) votes in Tuesday’s primary, has issued a statement supporting Mayor Mike Wiggins as Pensacola’s first strong mayor. In his press release, Bare wrote, “I believe Mike is open to…


Buzz: Where’s Mike?

June 23, 2010

For the past two days, I’ve been asked why hasn’t Pensacola Mike Wiggins spoke out against the petition drive by former councilmen Jack Nobles and Marty Donovan. He might not want to challenge his son’s father-in-law…

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Jobs are the issue for the first strong mayor

April 7, 2010

Better Pensacola Forum Press Release Poll Indicates Jobs and Public Safety Top Voters Concerns Pensacola, FL-Pensacola’s citizens believe their next mayor should have job creation and economic growth very high on his or her radar screen…

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Buzz: City musical chairs

January 21, 2010

This is the buzz on the Pensacola city elections. We are expecting to see people file for the mayor’s race before the end of the month. Mayor Mike Wiggins appears to be ready to make a…


BTW: Al Coby does his job out of the Sunshine

October 23, 2009

Yesterday, Pensacola City Manager Al Coby did his job as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the city without a reporter sitting in his office. He met with department heads, staff and the public without posting…


Tampa lays off city workers

November 20, 2007

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced he was laying off 100 more city workers. He also outlined a three-year plan to make 11 changes to make government more efficient. The changes…


Strong mayor at PYP Meeting

September 10, 2007

The Pensacola Young Professional’s will host its next Forward Focus meeting Sept. 11 beginning at 5:15 p.m. with networking, meeting to follow at 5:30 p.m. The main agenda item is the strong mayor issue. Jerry Maygarden…


Calling for Change

September 10, 2007

From John Peacock: DESPARATELY WANTED/NEEDED – CHANGE!!! Over the past few weeks there has been much discussion within our community about our system(s) of government, consolidation of services, and the overall leadership abilities or capabilities of…


Real strong mayor question

August 19, 2007

The real question on everyone’s mind about the strong mayor in Pensacola is – What if we elect Jack Nobles, Tom Banjanin or Marty Donovan as the strong mayor? Folks, that’s how democracy and elections work.…


Absolutely stupidest question ever

August 19, 2007

In the Sunday, Aug. 19 edition of the News Journal, John Peacock, an advocate for the strong mayor system of government for the City of Pensacola, is asked: ” As a financial adviser, some may say…


Little Rock votes for strong Mayor

August 15, 2007

Little Rock voters on Tuesday approved measures making the mayor’s job full time and granting him veto power over the city’s Board of Directors. The vote settles years of debate over whether Arkansas’ largest and capital…