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Winners & Losers 3/20/14

Winners

Jamie Trindel
The University of West Florida chemistry major was recently accepted to both the University of Texas-Austin and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, two of the top-ranked graduate chemistry programs in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Trindell will be presenting an abstract of her research at the American Chemical Society’s Spring National Meeting and Exposition in Dallas this month.

Quint Studer
Becker’s Hospital Review has named Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group, to its “40 Smartest People in Healthcare.” The list includes those who “stand out as having the intellect and acumen needed to spearhead successful (healthcare) reform.” The 40 individuals were selected through an editorial review process. Notable honorees include President Barack Obama and Dr. Toby Cosgrove, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. The honor was particularly special because none of the honorees were aware they were being considered.

David Morgan
On March 7, the Florida Commission on Ethics unanimously dismissed the ethics complaint filed by defeated candidate for sheriff, John Powell against Sheriff David Morgan. The Commission considered Powell’s complaint and Sheriff Morgan’s response and found that there was no probable cause to support any ethics violations by Sheriff Morgan.

Losers

Escambia County Commission
The special meeting to decide on the new county administrator had more shouting and rancor than “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Commissioners Gene Valentino and Wilson Robertson want the interim administrator, Larry Newsom, to get the job. The only problem is Newsom hasn’t applied for the job. Commissioners Grover Robinson and Steven Barry said their pick was Jack Brown, the county administrator for Taylor County, Fla.  Commission Chairman Lumon May was left looking like a man sitting on a block of ice, not completely happy with either choice. The board will duke it out at the April 3 meeting. You won’t want to miss it.

Eric Olsen
Mayor Ashton Hayward’s Initiatives Coordinator was the city administration’s latest sacrificial lamb at the March 13 meeting of the Community Redevelopment Agency.  Olsen made the presentation for the fish hatchery to be built at Bruce Beach. He insisted the project proposed in 2011 “really is the same project that is on our table today.” The original plan that was approved by the city council had 80 jobs and Hubbs-SeaWorld running it. Neither is part of the current proposal. Fortunately most of the city council saw through the “bait and switch.”