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Former County Administrator George Touart dies

PENSACOLA  --  Interim Escambia County Administrator George Touart has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
   
He passed away at his home this morning with his family by his side.
His public service began in Mississippi as a City Councilman in Pascagoula in 1984.
   
He would later become the County Administrator in two Mississppi counties before taking the same job in Escambia County in 2002.
   
In 2007, Touart's ties to people involved in a county land purchase raised eyebrows.
The purchase of the parcel for an athletic park in Perdido was delayed as an investigation was launched.
   
No wrong doing was found.
But that spectra of scandal was enough to end Touart's run as administrator.
   
In 2012 after the firing of another county administrator, Touart was voted back to fill the job by the county commission,  on an interim basis.
   
The hiring of a permanent administrator is still pending.
His most recent accomplishments: overseeing the transition of the county jail from the sheriff to the county and helping create a permanent source of funding for the county's bus system.
   
Touart went on sick leave on December 26th.
He recently announced his retirement, which was to have been effective February 3rd.