The sweeping city charter change proposed by Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare isn’t the only charter amendment slated for consideration by the Council next week.
Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn is also proposing a workshop be scheduled in February 2016 to discuss potential charter amendments for the 2016 election cycle — first among them a change that would require City Council approval of the mayor’s appointment of a city administrator.
The city administrator position, created with the 2010 charter, is tasked with managing “the daily operations of the city.” Currently, the city administrator is appointed at the mayor’s sole discretion and serves at the pleasure of the mayor. While the charter requires that appointees “shall have had relevant management, executive, or administrative experience,” the City Council plays no role in confirming appointees or determining their qualifications.
Cannada-Wynn’s proposed change comes after current City Administrator Eric Olson has come under fire in recent weeks in light of charges he tried to intimidate a neighborhood association member by contacting her employer over an email policy.