Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Florida's Municipal Mentoring Initiative Earns Governor's Praise

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Florida's Municipal Mentoring Initiative Earns Governor's Praise

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Earlier this year, Gov. Jeb Bush and members of Florida's Cabinet held their biweekly Cabinet meeting and "Capital for a Day" event in Pensacola.

The "Capital for a Day" initiative is part of the governor's commitment to bringing government closer to the citizens of Florida.

Several Florida municipal officials from throughout the state attended the event.

Along with Second Vice President Clay Ford, mayor pro tern, Gulf Breeze, who represented the Florida League of Cities, the following city officials attended: Mayor John Thomas, City of Mary Esther; Mayor Mikey Marse, City of Freeport; Town Clerk Linda Carden and Town Councilman Kurvin Kualls, City of Jay; and City Clerk Suzan Davis and Billing & Assistant City Clerk Crystal Warrington, City of Paxton.

Following the Cabinet meeting, Bush, Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings, Cabinet members, state agency heads and local officials attended a free community luncheon and agency fair on the front lawn of City Hall.

The featured highlight of the event was an official recognition of Pensacola's involvement with the Governor's Mentoring Initiative and the league's statewide Municipal Mentoring Initiative.

The governor thanked Pensacola's city employees for becoming mentors to local students.

The City of Pensacola allows employees one hour a week administrative leave to serve as a mentor.

Pensacola also recently received the Commissioner's Business Recognition award for its exceptional mentoring program. …

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