Winners & Losers 3/15/18

Winners Doug Underhill The Florida Commission on Ethics found no probable cause that the District 2 commissioner had violated Section 112.313(6) of Florida Statutes. Former Commissioner Wilson Robertson had filed a complaint as a “consideration of probable cause” of an ethics violation related to Underhill seeking reimbursement of legal fees to defend a lawsuit and […]

The Buzz 8/24/17

Underhill and ‘Vagina Hats’ Escambia Commission chairman Doug Underhill created a social media stir when he asked one of his critics whether she was “one of those people walking around wearing a vagina hat and screaming in the streets.” Underhill had taken to Facebook to respond to the Aug. 14 Transit Town Hall, where 430 […]

The Buzz 8/17/17

Another Upset Sheriff Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson isn’t happy with how Escambia County canceled its detention agreement with him. The contract stated Escambia County had to give a 30-day written notice of termination. However, the Escambia Board of County Commissioners gave Johnson just three days before it snatched its 90 prisoners back this […]

Rules for Some, Not All

By Sammi Sontag Escambia County has social media policies for its employees and commissioners. However, the commission chairman and its newest commissioner have chosen to ignore the policies, rather than propose to amend them. The breaches in procedures have created a free-for-all where other commissioners are having to spend time at public meetings defending their […]

Underhill's 'Brutal' Honesty

By Duwayne Escobedo Doug Underhill said one thing he learned as a counter-terrorism officer and in 25 years of service in the U.S. Navy was how to be brutally honest. “People say, ‘Can I be brutally honest with you?’ What other kind of truth is there? I don’t think it’s blunt at all,” Underhill said. […]