Wasting no time, the transition team selected by Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson held their first meeting the day of Robinson's swearing-in. Quint Studer is leading the twelve person transition team and chaired the first meeting at city hall. In addition to Studer, the eleven other transition team members are:
Each team member that was present provided brief comments about their background and what they hoped to achieve during the transition phase. Kristie Tobias was not present at the meeting. Studer stated that the transition team's mission was not to create quick, early wins but to look long-term and develop solutions that can be addressed throughout the mayor's four years in office. The transition team also heard a presentation from legal counsel about the state's Sunshine Law for public meetings.
Mayor Robinson and staff, including new city administrator Chris Holley, were in attendance and Robinson provided remarks at various points during the meeting. The transition team will continue to meet and each team member will hold their own public meetings on their specific subjects during the transition. Studer stated that the transition team will wrap up their work and provide recommendations by March 1, 2019.
There will be a public transition website set up that will provide information on meetings and information distributed throughout the process.