Escambia County Commission http://wuwf.org en Escambia County Commission Considers Possibilities For New Jail http://wuwf.org/post/escambia-county-commission-considers-possibilities-new-jail <p>Meeting in committee, the Escambia County Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to instruct staff to gather information on awarding a contract to build a facility to replace both the Central Booking Unit and the Main Jail.</p><p>The booking facility sustained major damage in the April 30th explosion, which killed two inmates and injured 184 other inmates and staff. Inmates are now being held at the main jail, a work camp in Cantonment, and at lockups in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:42:45 +0000 Dave Dunwoody 13124 at http://wuwf.org Escambia County Commission Considers Possibilities For New Jail Pensacola Hosts Stormwater Symposium http://wuwf.org/post/pensacola-hosts-stormwater-symposium <p></p><p>The Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission hosted a stormwater symposium Friday morning, with both promising to cooperate on ways to control flooding. The session was held before a packed room at the Pensacola Bay Center.</p><p>Torrential rainfall in late April totaled 27 inches in the Pensacola area in a 24-hour period. The resultant flood caused massive damage to roadways – including four parts of Scenic Highway that were washed out. Flooding also swamped some businesses downtown.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:29:41 +0000 Dave Dunwoody 12045 at http://wuwf.org Pensacola Hosts Stormwater Symposium New Escambia Administrator Reflects On First Week http://wuwf.org/post/new-escambia-administrator-reflects-first-week <p>On Friday, Jack Brown wrapped up his first week as Escambia County Administrator.</p><p>Brown comes to Escambia from the Administrator’s job in Taylor County. His contract is just for one year, as has been the recent custom, at a $150,000 annual salary plus benefits.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:55:24 +0000 Dave Dunwoody 10546 at http://wuwf.org New Escambia Administrator Reflects On First Week Escambia County Jail Blast Probe Ends On-Site Investigation http://wuwf.org/post/escambia-county-jail-blast-probe-ends-site-investigation <p></p><p>Just over a week after an explosion at the Escambia County Jail’s central booking facility, the building is back under county control as the investigation is continues.</p><p>The state Fire Marshal’s Office returned the jail to the County Commission on Thursday, after leading the investigation into the blast which killed two inmates and injured 184 others. The initial report did not raise any eyebrows.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 18:11:43 +0000 Dave Dunwoody 8898 at http://wuwf.org Escambia County Jail Blast Probe Ends On-Site Investigation Jack Brown Tapped As New Escambia Administrator http://wuwf.org/post/jack-brown-tapped-new-escambia-administrator <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After 18 months, $40,000 in search fees, two interims and one extra meeting, Escambia County finally has an administrator.</span></p><p>The Escambia County Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to offer the position to Taylor County Administrator Jack Brown, who was among the five finalists. He would succeed Randy Oliver, who was fired in September of 2012.</p><p>Since Oliver’s dismissal, the administrator post has been filled by the late George Touart, and then by Assistant Administrator Larry Newsome.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:32:24 +0000 Dave Dunwoody 7589 at http://wuwf.org Jack Brown Tapped As New Escambia Administrator