The mayor of Pensacola is a position that has fluctuated throughout the city's history. 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. Other changes occurred in 1885, when Florida governor E.A. Perry tried to replace the city charter with a state-appointed commission, and in 1916, when the city changed to a council-manager form of government and the position was appointed by the city council. It was changed again to an elected position in 2001 under John Fogg, who remains the incumbent.
- ↑ 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.