|Born||August 14, 1957|
Trigg County, Kentucky
|Occupation||Pensacola City Council|
District 2 Councilman
|Parents||Sam Franklin Hall and Jessie Marie Crabtree|
|Children||James, Sam, Becca|
Samuel Thornton Hall was president of the Pensacola City Council. He was elected to serve as the representative for District 2 in November 2006. In 2010, Hall changed to the At Large District B seat and ran unopposed.
Hall is most notorious for clashing with Father Nathan Monk and other homeless advocates in 2011. He limited the speech of those who spoke out against him and other council members. Hall has since been condemned for these actions by many city leaders who followed him.
Hall is retired from the United States Coast Guard. He co-authored Threats and Challenges to Maritime Security 2020. He served as an Intelligence Anaylst (Eco-terrorism, Organized Crime) and Intelligence Watch Officer. He was a founding member of the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center (PAC). He also worked as an Operations Chief in Alien Interdiction and Counter-narcotics.
Sam graduated with a Bachelors in Science from Murray State University in 1986. He pursued graduate studies at the University of West Florida and Joint Military Intelligence College.
Hall and his wife Diana have two sons, James and Sam, a daughter, Becca, a daughter-in-law, Beth (married to James) a grandson Byron, and a granddaughter Lily.
Hall is one of several community forces who pushed for comprehensive charter review for the City of Pensacola. The City Charter had not undergone comprehensive review since it was adopted in 1931 by an action of the City Council. It had never been adopted by the electorate in Pensacola, which was a concern of the Pensacola Bay Area League of Women Voters (PBALWV). Moreover, the League of Women Voters cited flaws with provisions for citizen-led referenda that allowed the Pensacola City Attorney to interpret the provision at his or her convenience. Hall failed to get a second the first two times he moved to adopt charter review, and on a third try received four votes in favor. After the PBALWV joined with a movement proposing a strong mayor form of government, all nine Council members voted with him to form a Charter Review Commission.
Hall is Chair of the Neighborhood Services Committee (police, fire, parks, roads, sanitation) and serves on the Finance Committee, Enterprise Operations Committee (port, airport, Saenger Theater, Osceola Municipal Golf Course, Library, Energy Services of Pensacola), Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization.
Hall maintains a blog at http://pensacolad2.blogspot.com which he uses to inform constituents of issues and comment on city business. Hall came under fire for a July 6, 2007 post on his blog that said, "The joke around town is, 'what is white, shaded, and sleeps three?' Answer: A city truck." He was referring to an apparent discrepancy between complaints he had received about a lack of maintenance at a Parker Circle park, which City of Pensacola officials blamed on budget cuts, and reports from his constituents that City employees spend much of their time sitting inside the vehicle instead of working. Following the incident, however, the park received additional attention from the Parks & Recreation Department, and the president of the Parker Circle Neighborhood Association wrote Hall to say that their park had been a tipping point, transforming the area from a "normal" neighborhood to an "envied" neighborhood.
Pensacola City Council, 2006 (Run-off)
J. D. Smith
|Pensacola City Council
2007 – present
|Government of the City of Pensacola|
|Mayor: Grover Robinson IV • City Administrator: Chris Holley • City Attorney: Susan Woolf • City Clerk: Ericka Burnett|
|Pensacola City Council|
|District 1: P. C. Wu • District 2: Sherri Myers • District 3: Andy Terhaar • District 4: Jared Moore|
District 5: Gerald Wingate • District 6: Ann Hill • District 7: Jewel Cannada-Wynn
|See also: Seal of the City of Pensacola • Pensacola City Hall • Charter of the City of Pensacola • Pensacola city limits|