The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has promoted Senior Commander Eric Haines to the position of chief deputy. Haines has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since April 1999. He has previously worked in patrol, training, accreditation and has served as captain of the Uniformed Services division. Most recently, he has served as administrative commander and has been instrumental in negotiations concerning the budget and the transfer of the Escambia County Jail.
The vice president/chief operating officer with Landrum Professional Services has recently been named the Rotary 6940 District Governor for 2013-2014. Kirchharr, a member of Pensacola Suburban West Rotary Club for 17 years, will coordinate the community and international service projects of the 51 clubs with over 2,500 members in Northwest Florida stretching from Pensacola to Lake City and south to Williston.
Governor Rick Scott, along with Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, the Greater Pensacola Chamber, iGATE Corporation and West Fraser, Inc., announced recently the expansion of two local, internationally-based companies, iGATE and West Fraser, which will be hiring as many as 485 employees in Greater Pensacola in the coming months. The Chamber also announced that it has surpassed its Vision 2015 goal of creating 3,000 high-wage jobs – two years earlier than anticipated.
The former Republican governor wants to seek his old job, this time as a Democrat. Progressives within his new party aren’t warming up to Crist, who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 to Marco Rubio, a favorite of the Tea Party. No one can figure out what Crist really stands for—other than his own election.
Escambia County Jail
For the past 45 days Interim County Administrator George Touart has complained and griped about taking over the facility from Sheriff David Morgan. Though his board voted to do so on June 20, he still hasn’t delivered a transfer plan or budget for the jail. Bashing Sheriff Morgan may be his strategy, but the jail is too important for such theatrics. Cooler heads need to step in and avoid this disaster.
Breakfast at Brennan’s, a New Orleans’ tradition for nearly 50 years, no longer exists.
The building at 417 Royal Street was purchased at auction in May by a company led by local restaurateur Ralph Brennan, is who related to the restaurant’s previous operators. By June 28 the restaurant’s operators were evicted, essentially shuttering Brennan’s. The Gambit Weekly reports that the new owners appear to be in no hurry to announce their plans for the site.