Outtakes—Breaking His Silence

By Rick Outzen When he heard about our cover story on the settlement of his lawsuit, former Fire Chief Matt Schmitt agreed to do his first interview since he was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 2, 2016. For the past three years, as his discrimination case worked its way through federal court, Schmitt has […]

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 7/21/16

ECUA Compost Touted The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced that Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) has been named the winner of the 2016 SWANA Gold Excellence Award in the composting category for its Biosolids Composting Facility. “ECUA is utilizing yard trash and biosolids to create an environmentally beneficial compost. This eliminates […]

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 […]

Outtakes—Put Away The Legos

By Rick Outzen Running a municipality is not easy. As much as some want it to be like playing with a Lego play set where you can arrange the multi-colored pieces in whatever order you like, it’s not. City and County administrators have special skill sets and understand that municipalities require leaders committed to serving […]