Mayor of Pensacola
The Mayor of Pensacola is the chief executive of the City of Pensacola's mayor–council government. The mayor exercises the executive powers of the City and supervises all departments and employees. The current Mayor of Pensacola is Ashton Hayward.
Under the City's numerous charters, the mayor has at different times held varying degrees of authority and responsibility.
Between 1931 and 2011, the City operated under a council–manager government in which the mayor had no executive authority and was simply an additional member of the City Council. Prior to 2001, the mayor was elected by and from the members of the City Council; thereafter, the mayor was elected by the City at-large.
Under the council-manager government, the mayor's responsibilities were limited to presiding over City Council meetings, developing meeting agendas, and serving as the ceremonial representative of the City. Executive authority was vested in a professional city manager, appointed by the City Council.
The first recorded mayor, under Spanish rule, was Jose Noriega (1820-1821). During the Civil War the city government went into exile in Greenville, Alabama, until it was restored in 1866.
List of mayors
|Celestino Moreno Jones||1901 - 1902|
|Thomas Everett Welles||1903 - 1904|
|Charles Henry Bliss||1905 - 1907|
|Calvin C. Goodman||1907 - 1908|
|Frank Reilly||1909 - 1912|
|Adolph Greenhut||1913 - 1915|
|George H. Heinrich||1916|
|Thomas H. Johnson||1917|
|Francis Robinson Pou||1918|
|Frank Dent Sanders||1919 - 1921|
|J. Harvey Bayliss||1921 - 1931|
|Henry Clay Armstrong||1931 - 1936|
|William L. Moyer||1936|
|Max Lee Bear||1936 - 1937|
|Lee Conner Hagler||1937 - 1943|
|Walter Wicke||1943 - 1947|
|Charles Perry Mason||1947 - 1957|
|Roy Philpot||1957 - 1961|
|Charles Overman, Jr.||1961 - 1963|
|Charles Perry Mason||1963 - 1965|
|B. Irvin Greenhut||1965 - 1967|
|Charles Soule||1967 - 1969|
|Bryant Liggett||1969 - 1971|
|Eugene Elebash||1971 - 1973|
|Barney Burks||1973 - 1977|
|Warren Briggs||1977 - 1978|
|Vince Whibbs||1978 - 1991|
|Jerry Maygarden||1991 - 1994|
|John Fogg||1994 - 2001|
|John Fogg||2001 - 2009|
|Mike Wiggins||2009 - 2011|
|Ashton Hayward||2011 - present|
- City government in exile in Greenville, Alabama
- First black mayor of Pensacola
- At this time Governor E. A. Perry revoked Pensacola's city charter and supported a bill to replace it with a state-appointed commission. The bill failed and the city charter was restored.
- In early 1895, a new legislature was promulgated by the state legislature and a new election held for mayor and aldermen.
- Changed to a council-manager form of government
- Changed to popular election of the mayor.
- Changed to a mayor-council form of government