Escambia County Commission

City of Pensacola
4:18 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

INTERVIEW: Mayor Ashton Hayward On Second Term Goals

Credit City of Pensacola

  Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s second term is underway, having been sworn in last month. As Hayward sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody, he touches on that victory, downtown renaissance, and the City Council.

DD: Mayor Hayward, you won re-election last month with 65% of the vote. What mandate does that margin of victory carry into your 2nd term?

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Escambia County Jail
5:42 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Escambia County Commission Considers Possibilities For New Jail

Credit Photo via Flickr//Andrew Bardwell

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.

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.

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Symposium at Bay Center
5:29 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Pensacola Hosts Stormwater Symposium

Waterlines on a fence downtown after flooding in April.
Credit Alan Gray

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.

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.

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Local News
3:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New Escambia Administrator Reflects On First Week

New Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown
Credit Taylor County

On Friday, Jack Brown wrapped up his first week as Escambia County Administrator.

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.

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Jail Explosion
1:11 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Escambia County Jail Blast Probe Ends On-Site Investigation

Escambia Jail May Be A Total Loss
Credit WPTV.com

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.

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.

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Escambia County Commission
3:32 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Jack Brown Tapped As New Escambia Administrator

Jack Brown, Escambia County Administrator-designate
Credit taylorcountygov.com

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.

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Escambia Co. Administrator
12:32 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Administrator Vote on Hold -- Again

Credit Escambia County

The Escambia County Commission Thursday once again pushed back a vote on the hiring of a new county administrator. The latest inaction comes after 18 months and spending $40,000 on the search process.

For the want of a chairman, the opportunity was lost. Lumon May was out of town and traveling back to Pensacola on Thursday. He did not make it back in time for the meeting, which kicked off at 5:30 p-m.

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Gene Valentino
3:49 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Valentino E-Mails Under Investigation

Gene Valentino
Credit myesacambia.com

Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino may have violated Florida’s public records law, with personal emails sent to an advisor to the reality TV show “Party Down South.” The State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the allegation.

Escambia County Attorney Allison Rogers says it all began with a records request to her office from a Doug Underhill, who was opposed to “Party Down South” filming at Pensacola Beach.

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Escambia County Commission
5:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Is a New Administrator On the Way for Escambia County?

Credit Escambia County

After spending a year and a half and $40,000 on the search, the Escambia County Commission could vote to hire a new administrator Thursday evening.

The five finalists are: Albert Penska, John Weaver, Jack Brown, Ted Lakey, and former Pensacola City Administrator Bill Reynolds. Brown appears to be the favorite.

A sixth candidate, current Interim Administrator Larry Newsome, is being pushed by Commissioners Gene Valentino and Wilson Robertson.

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Escambia County Commission
4:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Escambia County Administrator Search Continues

Credit Escambia County

Selecting a new Escambia County Administrator will take a bit longer. Instead of making the decision Friday, the County Commission voted 5-0 to put it off until April 3rd.  

For three and a half hours Thursday, the Escambia County Commission listened to its five finalists to succeed the late George Touart. Beforehand, Chairman Lumon May once again criticized the selection process conducted by the Dallas-based head-hunting firm Waters Consulting.

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