Outtakes—Landmark Appointments

By Rick Outzen On Monday, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward made history with the appointment of the first female fire chief, Battalion Chief Ginny Cranor. “Her record of accomplishments, unwillingness to be content with the status quo and collaborative leadership style make her exceptionally well suited to sustain the fire department’s upward momentum,” said Mayor Hayward […]

Outtakes—The Role of Newspapers

By Rick Outzen Newspapers have a responsibility to be more than cheerleaders. Everyone likes positive stories, and few like to have problems exposed. However, it’s our role to shed light. In November 2016, Police Chief David Alexander told the Pensacola City Council that little could be done about the rise of homicides. Over the first […]

Mayor’s Race Could Be Tight

By Rick Outzen The 2018 Pensacola’s mayor race could be a battle. If Mayor Ashton Hayward seeks a third term and faces either Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson or his recently retired police chief, David Alexander III, in a run-off, the mayor could find himself fighting for every undecided vote to stay in office. The […]

The Buzz 7/2/15

Talking Race Relations With the painful memory of the recent mass murder at a church in Charleston, South Carolina fresh in everyone’s mind, Pensacola’s new police chief, David Alexander, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and Rev. LuTimothy May spoke about the relationship between law enforcement and the African-American community at the Panhandle TigerBay Club’s June […]