A citizens’ advisory committee has whittled down the list of candidates for Escambia County Administrator from 15. The next step is to bring them in for interviews later this month.
Twenty applicants had been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims told the Commission at its Committee of the Whole Meeting Thursday that the list is made up of the five, plus one alternate.
There was a major shakeup in the Ashton Hayward administration in July, when two high-ranking officials were ousted over what was considered to be the mishandling of public records.
City Administrator Bill Reynolds and Press Secretary Derek Cosson were named in a report by Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille, regarding public records requests that were not filled in a timely manner – if at all.
Two men at the center of separate government controversies are among the semi-finalists for the position of Escambia County Administrator. Interim Administrator George Touart and ex-Pensacola City Administrator Bill Reynolds are among the 16 candidates submitted by the headhunting firm Waters Consulting Group in Dallas, Texas.
Touart, 65, was named Interim Administrator last November after Randy Oliver was fired. He served in that job from 2002 until 2007, when he stepped down amid reports in the Pensacola News Journal about his personal business dealings.