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Winners & Losers 11/8/12

WINNERS
George Touart
The former county administrator is tanned, rested and ready to take back over his old job. Five years ago, Touart resigned under a cloud of suspicion over his business dealings that he hadn’t reported to county commission. Rather than fight them, Touart chose to step down. Now he has an at-will contract that will let him hold the job for a year until a new administrator is hired…or the new commissioners let him go.

Tracey LeRoy
The case coordinator supervisor was recently awarded the prestigious Barbara Sessa Award by the state Guardian ad Litem program. The award is given annually to the employee in the state who epitomizes the qualities of the award’s namesake, who went beyond the call of duty in her position as a guardian ad litem in Pasco and Pinellas counties.

URAC
Mayor Ashton Hayward’s Urban Redevelopment Advisory Committee (URAC) has released its report with recommendations for the mayor on how to guide the continued growth and development of Pensacola’s downtown. The 63-page report with a wide range of recommendations was crafted over eight months with 15 public meetings and 40 presentations. Chairman Brian Hooper and his committee deserve kudos for their efforts. It’s now up to Mayor Hayward to implement them.

LOSERS
Larry Johnson
According to Rob Larkin, Pensacola’s chief labor negotiator, the city councilman may be the reason the city hasn’t reached agreement with the police union. Johnson has been upset with Mayor Hayward and his chief of staff since they refused to delay a vote on an economic incentive program to encourage Pen Air Federal Credit Union buy an office building and move its operations downtown. Larkin has told the media that Johnson approached him and said if the city administration fired the chief of staff, Johnson could broker a deal with the police. Since then, the police union has rejected every offer made by the city. Johnson has denied the conversation.

Matt Altier
The University of West Florida’s vice president of administrative services and the CEO of the school’s for-profit entity, Business Enterprises Inc., resigned on November 2. Altier has said that he has been exploring the possibility of consulting with colleges around the country on establishing programs similar to BEI.

Kevin White
The County Commissioner for District 5 is ending his eight years on the commission on a sour note. He will be forever remembered for leading the termination effort of County Administrator Randy Oliver and paving the way for the return of George Touart.