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Winners & Losers 7/18/13

Winners
Colleen Castille
The former state agency director has been named the interim city administrator for the city of Pensacola. Castille is a former secretary of both the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), serving under Governor Jeb Bush. Locals who worked with her on the state level praise her professionalism. Her first task will be to rebuild trust between city employees and the mayor’s office. We wish her luck, a little less testosterone on the seventh floor of city hall might be a good thing.

Pensacola State College
Community College Week magazine has named Pensacola State College to its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers in the nation, for the fifth straight year. The magazine ranks Pensacola State at No. 36 among all colleges for degrees awarded in Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, also known as A.A. degrees. Among four-year colleges, PSC ranks No. 14 in awarding A.A. degrees. For associate degrees awarded in all disciplines, PSC ranks No. 81 overall and No. 26 among four-year colleges. PSC has graduated 12,815 students over the past 5 years.

Grover Robinson
Finally a county commissioner spoke the truth that so many believe about the search process to hire a new administrator for Escambia County. It’s unfair.

Losers
Greater Pensacola Chamber
State Attorney Bill Eddins has made it official. The chamber does fall under the state’s Sunshine Law, which was enacted so the public would know how their public money is spent. The public funds in question are the economic development and tourism dollars. Like the city of Pensacola, chamber employees and board members will be getting trained in dealing with the Sunshine Law.

Gang of Three
Interim County Administrator George Touart and Escambia County Commissioners Gene Valentino and Wilson Robertson are upset with just about everybody who questions their actions—this paper, Sheriff David Morgan, Commissioners Lumon May, Grover Robinson and Steve Barry and the public. The last Gang of Three that ran the county was Touart, Commissioner Mike Whitehead and Sheriff Ron McNesby, which didn’t turn out so well.

Florida Democratic Party
The state Republican Party raised $2.9 million over the past quarter, triple the amount collected by the Florida Democratic Party, according to reports released last week. The GOP has pulled in nearly $8.9 million since January. The Florida Democratic Party received $966,788 during the quarter and has raised slightly less than $2.1 million this year. Top GOP contributors were Florida Power & Light, TECO Energy, U.S. Sugar Corp., the Florida Medical Association, and Disney Worldwide Services.