“Building a Case Against Domestic Violence” is the theme of a two-day conference Monday and Tuesday at the University of West Florida Conference Center.
Sponsored by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the annual meeting is open to law enforcement officers and other first responders, social workers and victims’ advocates. It’s aimed at promoting prevention, enforcement, and access to resources.
The conference will cover interviewing techniques, stalking technology, investigation for prosecution and the dangers of domestic violence.
You may have driven down Chase St. in downtown Pensacola many times, without thought to where the name came from. It was named in honor of William Henry Chase, who oversaw the construction of Fort Pickens and other forts along the Gulf Coast in the 1800s.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest report from the U.S. Labor Department regarding the number of Americans filing for first-time jobless claims. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 32,000 to a seasonally adjusted 300,000 for last week. That was the largest decline since December 2012, and marked the lowest level since May 2007.
After 18 months, $40,000 in search fees, two interims and one extra meeting, Escambia County finally has an administrator.
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.
Since Oliver’s dismissal, the administrator post has been filled by the late George Touart, and then by Assistant Administrator Larry Newsome.