Coughlin Named Escambia County Assistant County Administrator

June 26, 2017

Matthew Coughlin has been selected to fill the vacant Escambia County assistant county administrator position. His duties will include oversight of departments and their strategic plans, along with development of clear performance benchmarks to meet the commission’s objectives.

Coughlin joins current Assistant County Administrator Amy Lovoy, as the two most senior positions under County Administrator Jack Brown. Coughlin’s first day with the county will be Monday, July 24.

The opportunity to serve the community and impact the area’s quality of life was one of Coughlin’s main motivating factors for applying for the position.

“It is an honor to be selected,” Coughlin said. “I hope that my experience and enthusiasm to serve can help advance the county’s mission to enhance the quality of life for all its citizenry.”

When asked about what he brings to the position, he said he hopes one area where he will stand out is the importance he places on working together toward a common goal.

“I hope to focus on strengthening our community by reinforcing current relationships, finding common ground where no collaboration exists. Forming new partnerships is key to advocating and working successfully for the people of the county,” he said.

Currently the assistant director of the Pensacola International Airport, Coughlin is responsible for the daily management of the Small Hub FAA part 139 certified airport, with a $26 million budget. Prior to his time with the city, he had a successful 24-year career as a Naval officer and aviator.

His final tour was as Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s base commanding officer from 2011 to 2014. While there, he was well-known for his community involvement and support while successfully fulfilling a mission that included overseeing a workforce of more than 3,000 personnel, managing an infrastructure that encompasses over 13,000 acres of property and 4,500 nautical square miles of airspace and airfields that equated to 14 percent of all Naval flight hours flown worldwide. Additionally, NAS Whiting Field volunteered more than 60,000 hours in the local community under his leadership.

A native of Greenfield, Massachusetts, Coughlin holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Western New England University, a Master of Science in management from the Naval Post Graduate School and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the National Defense University.

Over 250 applications for the assistant county administrator position were received, and 10 people were interviewed. Coughlin was the unanimous choice of the selection committee.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Two People In Connection With Stabbings

June 26, 2017

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two people in connection with two stabbings last week.

Jerald Jenkins is wanted for premeditated attempted murder, and Monika Jenkins is wanted for principal to attempted murder.

On June 22, Jerald Jenkins stabbed a victim in the 4500 block of Guerlain Way. Later in the day, he attempted to stab another victim near Fennel Street and Clio Drive, according to investigators.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (850) 433-STOP or the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620.

Escambia 4-H Offering Tailgating, Sewing And CSI Day Camps

June 26, 2017

Escambia County 4-H is offering summer programs designed to give your child the opportunity to develop character, valuable life skills, make new friends and discover new interests.

A “Beginner Sewing Day Camp” and a “Breakfast Day Camp” have already been held.

The day camps are open to youth ages 8 (as of Sept. 1, 2016) to 18, unless otherwise noted. Still to come are:

Tailgate Day Camp
July 5-6; 9 a.m.- 3.p.m.
Ages: 11+, Limit 20 Youth; $10

This camp will allow youth the opportunity to learn about all aspects of meat, grilling, and food preparation. Youth will use a 14 inch charcoal grill to cook beef, pork, poultry, and seafood in an outdoor setting.

Intermediate Sewing Day Camp
July 18 and 20; 9 a.m.- 3.p.m.
Ages: 12+, Limit 15 Youth; $10

This intermediate level camp will allow youth to become proficient using a sewing machine. Youth will have the opportunity to make pillowcases, tote bags, and much more!

CSI Day Camp
July 17 9 a.m.- 3.p.m. or July 19; 9 a.m.- 3.p.m.
Ages: 11+, Limit 12 Youth per Day; $10

This camp will focus on crime scene investigation techniques, including using UV light, chromatography, fingerprint and handwriting ID, and much more. The same information will be presented both days.

Registration forms are available online at escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/day-camps. Please note that space is limited and is offered on a first come, first served basis. Registration should be completed at least one week before the camp begins including payment of any fees. For more information, please contact Belinda Spann at 850-475-5230 or bspann@ufl.edu.

For more Sewing and Breakfast day camp photos, click here.

Pictured top: A Sewing Day Camp and (pictured inset) A Breakfast Day Camp held previously this summer by Escambia County 4-H. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Mostly Sunny Skies

June 26, 2017

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:
This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Calm wind.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. East wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88.

Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.