Jeremy's Notebook

Touart’s On the List

June 17, 2013

george touartThere are a number of last-minute applicants looking to land the county administrator position with Escambia County. Among them, is the man currently serving on an interim basis.

Last week, Human Resources Director Tom Turner presented the Escambia County Commission with a list of 51 applicants. The list in the Committee of the Whole agenda packet was a little stale, as several applicants had applied in the days leading up to the June 12 deadline.

On the final day of the application period, Interim County Administrator George Touart applied for the position. Touart—who previously served as Escambia’s administrator, but resigned amidst ethical questions—was brought back as interim administrator following the commission’s decision to relief former administrator Randy Oliver last year.

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  • Bob June 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Is it too late for WD to apply. Why don’t we just let the whole jail put in applications. WTH

  • Mary June 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I’m going to need a bigger barf bag!

  • Westsider June 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I’m going to need a bigger bag of popcorn.

  • Mary June 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    OMG NO! Please people, spare the citizens of Escambia County more corruption and underhanded dealings.

  • deja vu all over again June 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Unbelievable. Ask Jeff Helms if Tourat should be in public employ. Touart strong armed Helms to award Touart’s private company with Hurricane Ivan work while Helms firm was a county contractor.

    Helms rightly declined and reported Touart’s actions.

  • jeeperman June 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I think Mr. Touart himself told us all that he would not apply for this job when he was hired as the Interim County Administrator.
    Is the county changing the job title so that Touart can be hired without us calling him a liar?

  • Denise June 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm


  • Jacqueline June 17, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Is the application public record? I’d love to read it.
    Has any media looked at his past administration positions outside of Escambia County because there are some strange things on the internet where he appeared to be fired and then later allowed to resign (sound familiar?) and I never have seen an explanation for that. If he is opening up his past experience for public scrutiny then the media needs to investigate it all.
    We know what a creep he has been here.

  • Hi there June 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

    No surprise – this was the end game all along. Brilliant plan – throw the county into total chaos right at budget time so Commission feels compelled to keep him on as they think he is the only one who can untangle the knot.