The Pensacola City Council Thursday evening gave unanimous approval to an interlocal agreement with the Escambia County Commission, to help bring ST Aerospace and its 300 jobs to Pensacola International Airport.
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.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and other law enforcement and elected officials gathered in late September, to ask the community to come forward and help them end gun violence in the county.
This was not the Sheriff’s first such appeal to the community; there had been many over the past few years. The catalyst for this latest were three shootings in September that left one man wounded and two people dead – 31-year-old Houston Parker and 14-year-old Kenteyonna Anderson. Investigators say Anderson was shot in the crossfire while trying to leave the area.
A five-year federal investigation of the Escambia County Jail was released in May, painting a bleak picture of the facility.
Exactly who would run the jail on September 1st – the original deadline -- was front and center at a Commission agenda review meeting in June. The main sticking point was a letter from Commissioner Grover Robinson to Sheriff David Morgan. Robinson said if running the jail was beyond Morgan’s capacity, he – Robinson – would be glad to relieve him of that duty.
When the Escambia County Commission meets this (Thurs) evening, it’s expected to narrow the list of candidates for County Administrator.
The names of 20 applicants have been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims says the list reflects a nationwide search and wide diversity – six African-Americans, including one woman, and a diversity of professional backgrounds.