WENDELL HALL The Santa Rosa County Sheriff expects to generate almost $1.9 million for the county by housing inmates at the county jail for other agencies. His biggest customer is the U.S. Marshals Service for housing federal prisoners, which rakes in about $1.2 million annually. Hall also will earn $589,596 from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
GULF POWER In an effort to link military veterans to job openings in the energy industry, Gulf Power Co. is participating in a “Troops to Energy Jobs” program, a Washington-based Center for Energy Workforce Development initiative to help fill the positions of the nearly 200,000 utility employees expected to retire or leave their jobs over the next five years with veterans.
NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION One of Pensacola’s largest employers has been selected as one of the Best Companies to Work For in Florida for 2011. This is the third consecutive year Navy Federal has been selected, ranking in the top 15 each year. The award was created by Florida Trend magazine and the Best Companies Group and endorsed by the HR Florida State Council. With over 1,850 employees throughout Florida, Navy Federal continues to grow with the expansion of the Brian L. McDonnell Center in Pensacola.
WARREN WILLIAMS The Pensacola teen pleaded guilty to the second degree murder of his father, William “Bill” Williams, a retired Marine aviator. He was sentenced to 20.5 years in state prison. Judge Joel Boles has recommended that Warren, 15, be turned over to the juvenile system, but the Florida Department of Corrections will make that decision. On March 11, 2010, the teen shot his father, and the murder rocked the community and his friends, many of whom attended the trial to show their support.
SIGHTLINE The vision-impaired population of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Baldwin and Okaloosa counties are the latest victims of Gov. Rick Scott’s budget cuts. WSRE aired on July 31 its last SightLine Reading Service broadcast due to recent state budget cuts. WSRE also recently enacted staff reductions and the removal of some programming from its TV lineup to cut costs.
CITY STORMWATER The daily newspaper reported last month on a sinkhole swallowing the backyard of a home on Carpenter’s Creek. There are approximately $26 million in stormwater improvements recommended by the Carpenter’s Creek/Bayou Texar Assessment. Last year, the Pensacola City Council chose not to increase the fee for stormwater as recommended by staff, forcing the staff to cut $500,000 in planned improvements.