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Winners

Sgt. David Goldsmith
His law enforcement career that spanned 31 years ended Jan. 31 when he retired from the Pensacola Police Department. Goldsmith began his career with the department as a cadet in April 1981. He was promoted to sergeant in 2000.
During his career, Goldsmith was responsible for working with many people on special events inside the city, including the IN’s Hawkshaw Music Festival in 2007. He also coordinated motorcade security for dignitaries such as the President, Vice President and presidential candidates when they visited Pensacola.

Navy Federal Credit Union
FORTUNE Magazine has announced that Navy Federal Credit Union has been named to its 2013 list of “100 Best Companies To Work For.” This marks Navy Federal’s third appearance on the list, having first been recognized in 2008 and again in 2012. The copy remains the only credit union ever selected for the list. In 2012, the Navy Federal workforce grew to over 10,000 employees on its three campuses—Vienna, Va., Winchester, Va. and Pensacola—and 229 branches worldwide.

Pensacola Mardi Gras
On again, Danny Zimmern and his team of volunteers had a fantastic Mardi Gras season which culminated with a weekend that included the Krewe of Lafitte’s Illuminated, Downtown Grand Mardi Gras and Pensacola Beach parades. Well done.

Losers

Ashton Hayward
In January 2012, the Pensacola mayor signed a three-year contract with the Tallahassee-based Zimmerman Agency to handle all of the city’s marketing. In May, the ad agency got embroiled in allegations of the mishandling of funds of another client, Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council. In July, Mayor Hayward and the ad agency unveiled a new logo for the city. In September, the Pensacola City Council struck the line items associated with Zimmerman from the FY 2013 budget. The mayor vetoed the amendments and a council member sued him. Last month, the State Auditor issued a scathing report on the Okaloosa TDC and Zimmerman. On Feb. 3, Hayward fired the ad agency. This is going to be hard for the mayor to spin, even with the help of the daily newspaper.

Prison Health Services
In his proposed FY 2014, Gov. Rick Scott is proposing to eliminate 2,355 jobs by privatizing health services for state prisoners. Escambia County’s history of using private contractors for the health services at its jail hasn’t been good, which is why Sheriff David Morgan terminated the contract in 2009—saving the county over $1 million a year. Private contractors in prisons are a huge industry, but the savings is not what some make them out to be.