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Winners & Losers 9/12/13

WINNERS
Jerry Maygarden
The Pensacola chamber of commerce has a history of making its interim presidents full-time, especially after a controversy. Evon Emerson took over in 2002 when the chamber was in turmoil after the departure of Doug Kinsinger. Maygarden takes over an organization that has been hit with one PR nightmare after another all summer. We have confidence that he can right the ship.

Marilyn Wesley
In a time when so many government officials hide from controversy or seek someone else to blame, Escambia County’s Director of Community Affairs swiftly dealt with the mistakes that led to the death of a family pet at the county’s animal shelter. Wesley showed leadership and deserves credit for dealing with a tough situation.

Casey Rodgers
The Northern Judicial District of Florida Chief Judge Casey Rodgers has made re-entry and lowering repeat offender rates priorities. She established in 2010 the Robert A. Dennis Re-entry Court to help ex-inmates make a successful transition to life outside. Judge Rodgers has pushed job training, mentoring and therapy to alter the criminal thinking to pro-social thinking.

University of Alabama
Known for having one of the easiest football schedules in SEC, the school has already called the University of West Florida to play the Argos football team as soon as possible.

LOSERS
West Florida Recycling
The region’s only recycling company is under several deadlines from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to address nearly year-old compliance problems. County commissioners can’t wait to say “I told you so” to the ECUA officials who use the company instead of the county’s landfill.

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Just as memories of stories of a former bishop and priests assaulting teenage boys began to fade, the Roman Catholic diocese had another alleged victim from Pensacola come forward. Fortunately, Bishop Gregory Parkes acted quickly and removed the priest after an internal investigation.

George Zimmerman
His wife Shellie has filed for divorce. Her announcement comes less than two months after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Mike Scott
The sheriff of Lee County was upset that, at the request of students, Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. booked rap artists Kendrick Lamar and Ludacris as the headliners at its annual Eaglepalooza concert. Past performers have included Pitbull and LMFAO. The Fort Myers News-Press, which is owned by Gannett, obtained email exchanges in which Sheriff Scott expressed to the university’s president his shock and dismay that a large university would host a student concert featuring popular musical acts. Those darn kids and their music. Wayne Newton wasn’t available.