Outtakes—Vindictive Politics

By Rick Outzen Last week, Inweekly broke the news that former Mayor Ashton Hayward last October settled the discrimination lawsuits filed by Fire Chief Matt Schmitt and Deputy Fire Chief Joe Glover, whom he fired in May 2016, for $575,000. We don’t have a good explanation for why the Hayward administration placed the chiefs on […]

Fire Chiefs ‘Vindicated’

By Rick Outzen Did you hear the City of Pensacola settled the discrimination lawsuits filed by former Fire Chief Matt Schmitt and Deputy Fire Chief Joe Glover for $575,000? You wouldn’t be the only one if you didn’t know about the settlement that was finalized in the last weeks of Mayor Ashton Hayward’s administration. The […]

The Buzz 9/1/16

Time for Prayer Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday at a brief press conference at Pensacola City Hall that the repairs of the much-maligned federal courthouse might be delayed for another year. He met with the media after touring the building with Chief Federal Judge Casey Rodgers. The courthouse was evacuated last year because it was […]

Part 1: Fired Chiefs

A Cloud That Hangs Over City Hall By Rick Outzen Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward is frustrated by the pushback that he has received for his termination of Fire Chief Matt Schmitt and Deputy Fire Chief Joe Glover. He is perplexed that Council members and citizens have questioned his fairness in his treatment of the city’s […]

Part 2: Inside the Report

In his report, Beggs & Lane attorney Russell Van Sickle stated how he was hired. He wrote, “On Friday, January 29, 2016, I was asked to perform an investigation into issues involving the management of the Pensacola Fire Department (PFD) by Interim Fire Chief Matthew Schmitt and Deputy Chief Joseph Glover. It was explained to […]