Escambia County Politics

We found why Valentino and Touart have attacked Sheriff and DOJ so vigorously

July 11, 2013

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Escambia County Commission Chairman Gene Valentino and Interim County Administrator have it in for Sheriff David Morgan. In open meetings they have repeatedly cast doubts towards the U.S. Department of Justice findings on the county jail and Sheriff Morgan’s running of the facility. They have pushed hard for the county to take over the county jail.

We now know that the expert that they consulted was Dennis Williams, who ran the jail under Sheriff Ron McNesby until he was reassigned after three prisoners, under his care, died over a 10-month period in 2005-2006.

Under Williams, the jail contracted with private contractors to run the jail’s medical services. When Morgan cancelled the agreement and brought the medical services internal, he saved the taxpayers millions. We have emails that show Touart has met with private companies to run the county jail.

The DOJ investigation was initiated based on incidents in the jail when it was under Williams –making it even more ironic that Touart and Valentino sought out his advice on how to deal with the findings. It’s not surprising that Williams would be critical of the Department of Justice’s five-year investigation and Sheriff Morgan.

We have obtained a series of emails from Williams to Touart and Valentino (to their personal, not county, email accounts) starting at 1:51 a.m. on May 28 criticizing Sheriff Morgan and DOJ. Each ends with the line: “share the good news…use words when necessary.”

PDFs of Williams emails:


Two days later, Valentino, after a BCC meeting, attacked on WEAR TV 3 Sheriff Morgan and his deputies. He later had to admit to State Attorney Bill Eddins that many of his comments where based on his conversations with a convicted felon who was in the county jail when McNesby was sheriff. Apparently Valentino did not tell the state attorney that he was also consulting with Williams.

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  • Ric July 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    It is absolutely disgusting to listen to Valentino say how he was so in the dark about what was going on. It is crystal clear he and Touart have been back dooring the process the whole time! Valentino, you can say all day long you and Touart arent in bed together! But there is something you, Touart or one of your friends is gonna benefit from in the near future! I would venture to say its gonna be lucrative for one of you! You can only “MISSPEAK” so much before you finally get caught! The Commission must really think the taxpayers of this county are a bunch of blind idiots!

  • Jim July 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Gene Valentino. George Touart. Two names that have no business being associated with Escambia County. How do we not see that these two are backroom dealers with their own agendas? Please, can we get these clowns out of office? Christ, didn’t we fire Touart once already? If we have a nuclear war, the only thing left will be cockroaches, and these two idiots.

  • Cliff July 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    They are just like all the others before them, crooked as the day is long! We just got rid of a sewage plant, that never should have been there. Guess who owned that land. The county commissioners at the time. Guess who owned the land the Civic Center sits on. Shall I go on, the Soccer Complex deal. That one got so dirty folks got killed and others went to the Federal country club for it! That good ole boy click has been on the in for years and those two especially need to go. If you think I am wrong go back and check the sources for the dirty deals I mentioned. There is many more that could be mentioned!!!!
    Valentino is the man that got Touart back in there. He had already been kicked out for inappropriate dealings. Who is this relationship benefiting! Open your eyes people and rid your local government of what stinks to high heaven, and this time it’s not the sewage plant. Only one more of those types of deals!!!!!

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