City of Pensacola hires new PIO

Vernon Stewart
City COO Tamara Fountain announced this afternoon that Vernon Stewart has been hired as the city’s public information officer.

In her email introduction, Fountain said, “Vernon is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts from the University of West Florida and is currently a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration. In addition to his military service, Stewart has also served with the Florida Department of Children and Families.”

With DCF, he was a Child Protective Investigator at the Gulf Coast Kids’ House from 13 months (July 2009–July 2010). He did a one-year stint with the Greater Pensacola Chamber (August 2007–August 2008). His most recent job was a Long Term Care Case Manager for Sunshine Health.

Stewart will become the primary contact for media inquiries, interview requests, and other press issues.