TRAINING OFFICER BROCK JESTER, FIRE CAPTAIN RICHARD HARRIS, AND FIRE LIEUTENANT JINNY CRANOR The grant team for the Pensacola Fire Department landed $377,232 in federal grant funds from the Assistance to Firefighters program at FEMA for self-contained breathing apparatuses. The new SCBAs will replace aging equipment currently used by the Pensacola Fire Department, and will allow fire personnel to more safely enter burning buildings and homes to protect people and property.
DOUG BROXSON The freshman state representative for District 1 has begun his legislative career strong with several meetings with his constituents. He is staying connected to the citizens and joined forces with City of Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon in discussing the problematic BP claims process with Gulf Coast Claims Facility leader Ken Feinberg at a recent town hall meeting.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU The Northwest Florida office processed last year 2,954 complaints in an attempt to resolve disputes between businesses and consumers and responded to 317,314 inquiries. This is an 86 percent increase over the number of inquiries received in 2009.
CYNTHIA BLACKLAW Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) named Blacklaw its vice president of operations for the organization’s seven northern divisions. Previously, she oversaw operations of the Western Division of CHS, covering Pensacola and the Western Panhandle, and she will serve concurrently in that role until her successor is selected.
KEN FEINBERG The same old song and dance from the head of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) is no longer working. His actions never match his words. The complaints still come in over the GCCF’s fickled way in dealing with claims. Again, in his latest round of town hall meetings from Louisiana to Florida, Feinberg is promising more transparency. Yeah, right. We’ve heard that before.
SCOTT DAVISON The front man for Maritime Park Development Partners didn’t show for the Community Maritime Park Associates board meeting as CMPA attorney Ed Fleming laid out the case against him. Fleming used Davison’s own words from videos of CMPA meetings and his pretty proposals to convince the board to terminate Davison’s relationship with the maritime park.
FRED DONOVAN The head of Baskerville-Donovan had his star tarnished with the removal of Scott Davison and Maritime Park Development Partners. According to Judge Lacey Collier, who once chaired the CMPA board, Donovan vouched for Davison and promised he would ride herd on him, keep everything on the up and up and blow the whistle if Davison ever got out of line.
MICHAEL STEELE On Friday, Jan. 14, the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, after seven rounds, voted Reince Priebus to replace Steele as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Priebus was top legal counsel for the RNC who left in protest over how Steele managed the party’s image and finances.