DR. KIM LANDRY The medical director for Santa Rosa County Emergency Medical Services is the 2011 Raymond H. Alexander Medical Director of the Year recipient. The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services presents the annual award to honor a physician who assumes a leadership role in EMS with the community and demonstrates excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control, as well as the promotion and use of new medical trends and technologies. Dr. Landry has served as Santa Rosa County’s medical director for emergency response care since 2008.
RAY SYKES Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program announced him as Northwest Council’s “Ombudsman of the Year,” serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. This award is designated to ombudsmen volunteers who demonstrate exceptional efforts, going above and beyond the call of duty, in advocating for long-term care facility residents. Sykes has served four years on the Northwest Florida Ombudsman Council. This past year, he has volunteered over 500 hours working on behalf of long-term care facility residents.
WINSTON ARNOW The newly-renovated federal building on North Palafox Street bears the name of the late federal judge who ordered the desegregation of the Escambia County School District. Arnow issued the 1973 injunction against Escambia High School’s use of the nickname “Rebels.” He also ruled in favor of African-American leaders seeking to establish single-member districts for Escambia County.
SENIOR CITY STAFF It has taken four months, but Mayor Ashton Hayward has begun shaking up the deep-rooted senior staff in City Hall. In April, City Attorney Rusty Wells resigned. Community Development Director Thaddeus Cohen was recently given his pink slip, and former City Manager Al Coby is expected to leave before the end of summer. We hear more shake-ups are coming.
GENE VALENTINO The news is slow as we head into Memorial Day weekend. Thank goodness for the Escambia County Commissioner for District 2. Two weeks ago, he tried to oust rival Karen Sindel from the county planning board. Valentino followed that maneuver with an attempt to get his aide a raise, using an odd averaging of all the aides’ pay over their lifetimes with the county. Thank you, Gene.
ROY JONES JR. Once upon a time, he was considered the best boxer, pound for pound, in history. At age 42, Jones is long past his prime. Denis Lebedev knocked him out in the 10th round of their non-title cruiserweight fight in Moscow. It was Jones’ third consecutive defeat. Around the world, his long-time rival Bernard Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major world championship, taking the World Boxing Council light heavyweight title from Jean Pascal in Montreal. Jones lost a unanimous decision to Hopkins in April 2010.