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Winners & Losers 6/26/14

Winners
Grover Robinson
The Escambia County commissioner has been installed to serve as president of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). Robinson was sworn in during the installation lunch at the 2014 FAC Annual Conference and Educational Exposition in Orange County. As president, Commissioner Robinson will oversee the association by directing policy, advocacy and administration of the Florida Association of Counties.

Saenger Theatre
The SMG-managed theatre was ranked No. 1 for the year in the state of Florida by industry publication “Venues Today.” The award encompasses the period of April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 based on gross box office sales for venues 2,000 seats and under. The Saenger Theatre rose above other cities with more than double the gross box office sales ($2.5 million) of No. 2 Capitol Theatre in Clearwater ($1.2 million).

Saufley Field Road Landfill
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) recognized Escambia County’s effort to remediate a variety of serious issues at the Saufley Field Road Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill. The county spent more than $6 million to transform the property from an environmental problem into an aesthetically
appealing, clean property. Work on the project was started in early 2012 and completed in the spring of 2013. SWANA awarded the project its Silver Award for Landfill Remediation.

Losers
Vincent Johnson
The Pensacola man has a unique robbery technique—punching female store clerks in the face, and law enforcement has him on two surveillance videos doing just that. In May, Johnson punched Sherry Bryson while she was working at Happy Nick’s Store. Recently Johnson was caught on video at a Boost Mobile Store punching Jessica Smith in the face before stealing cash from the register.

Lila Cox
Mayor Ashton Hayward unceremoniously fired the Pensacola City Council’s first council executive on June 19. Former City Attorney Rusty Wells, whom Hayward fired in 2011, was immediately hired as her replacement. Cox was hired after the council voted for the mayor to offer her the job. The council did not have a chance to weigh in on the mayor’s decision. Cox’s firing came three days after the council held a workshop on the city charter. Coincidence?

Escambia County HR
A county employee is charged with soliciting a child for sex and transmitting obscene material to a child using his county cell phone. Once he was released on bond, he was allowed to go back to work as county inspector in the Engineering Department. It took an inquiry from a reporter to make the county suspend him until his case is adjudicated.