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Mayoral Transition Team meeting highlights for January 9 

  • Attendance:

David Peaden, Bruce Vredenburg, Sena Maddison, Christian Wagley, Kristie Tobias, Connie Bookman, Julie Sheppard, Brian Wyer, Michelle Salzman, Drew Buchanan, Quint Studer, Walker Wilson, Barbara Scott Payne, DC Reeves, Mayor Robinson


  • Category Leader Updates:
    • Drew Buchanan, Traffic and Walkability, said more than 40 people participated in the joint community input session with Christian Wagley and Reverend Williams on Monday, January 7. He added that category and issues continue to grow daily based on conversations with citizens who are concerned about various sidewalks and intersections. He said he is working to determine a hyper focus on recommendations to deliver the most useful results and is talking to Mayor, Florida Department of Transportation to seek guidance for bike safety/education campaign/policy changes.

    • Michelle Salzman, Education, said she hosted a successful community input forum at Cordova Park Elementary on January 7 and that Escambia County School Board Member Patty Hightower was in attendance. She said she had many conversations with parents in community via PTA connections. She is working on creating an outline for recommendations, touring neighborhoods and community centers to evaluate resources and working closely with Bruce Watson, Early Learning Coalition.

    • Julie Sheppard, Legal, said she met with all City departments with the exception of one. She is currently meeting with council members. She will host a Public Input Session on January 15. 

    • Connie Bookman, Crime and Safety, said she is making observations on how crime and safety relates to each of the other categories in respect to daily life.

    • Kristie Tobias, Governance, said she held a successful department head leadership meeting on January 4 that focused on goal development and collaboration. She said she will be following up with a meeting this week for leaders who were unable to attend.

    • Christian Wagley, Environment, said he had a great meeting with Environmental Advisory Board where trees, storm water and flooding were discussed. He said he had a productive meeting with Jonathan Bilby and felt Bilby was very open to taking a critical look at deficiencies. He said he will be meeting with Councilwoman Sherri Myers on Friday to speak about walkability and environmental issues.

    • Sena Maddison, Transparency, said she was discovering overlapping themes, both in departments and the public. She is working on ways to best present all of the recommendations and will be meeting with council members.

    • Bruce Vredenburg, Finance, said he has received a great amount of input and comments from the public. He said his Public Input Session on January 9 had 12-14 attendees. He said goals and measurements of CRA could use work and there was a fair amount of conversations regarding gentrification in urban core
    • David Peaden, Government Efficiency, said he spoke with Keith Wilkins about getting data from departments regarding previous projects. Peaden recommends a “time stamp” system moving forward to document the amount of time for folks to complete the licensing process. He attended a planning board meeting to discuss the creation of an additional board to look at historical structures.

    • Quint Studer, Chair, has been meeting with individual council members to ask them their ideas on collaboration and communication.

    • Brian Wyer, Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, said he met with Amy Miller for an update on Port of Pensacola.

To view a list of upcoming Public Input Sessions, visit our website.

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