The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is located in beautiful Pensacola, Florida. Currently, the Sheriff’s Office employs over 700 employees who serve nearly 300,000 citizens across Escambia County.


The mission of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is to improve the quality of life and protect the property of all individuals in Escambia County by providing responsible, effective and efficient law enforcement services to prevent crime and enforce the law with integrity and fairness.

ECSO Cadet with citizen and three children


Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan has been in the field of law enforcement for more than 40 years, beginning in the United States Air Force, where he progressed from patrol officer to Deputy Chief of Police.  He has served in all aspects of law enforcement such as patrol, desk sergeant, corrections, investigations, armory, public relations, and emergency management operations eventually leading a department of over 450 personnel.  In the latter capacity, he also developed, funded, and managed yearly budgets in excess of $10 million.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration from Webster University.  He also successfully completed the Police Administration Course Advanced Graduate Program at the University of Southern California, as well as Squadron Officers School and Air Command and Staff College.

In 2008, Sheriff Morgan was initially elected to protect and serve the citizens of Escambia County, and he was reelected to a third term in 2016. While Sheriff he has modernized the Sheriff’s Office embracing new and innovative training techniques and technological advances while attaining re-accreditation through the Florida Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation.

The Morgan Administration has led the way to great changes in community services with programs such as Neighborhood Watch Programs increasing from 13 in 2008 to more than 150 active programs today.  As part of the continuing community outreach, a robust Law Enforcement Explorer Program for 13 to 21 year olds, ensures young promising law enforcement professionals have an opportunity to explore possible careers in law enforcement. 

Meet Sheriff Morgan

The ECSO website has more than a thousand views a day and the Facebook page has grown to almost 40,000 followers.

Sheriff Morgan believes such transparency and community involvement are effective crime prevention tools, “These programs help in solving our ‘generational crime issues’.  It is not enough that law enforcement patrol streets, make arrests, conduct investigations and incarcerate people.  We must work with citizens to eradicate the roots of crime; poor parenting and inadequate education.  The greatest weapon we have in fighting crime is a community that will no longer tolerate crime.”

Sheriff Morgan and his wife, Susan, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.


Chief Deputy Chip W. Simmons is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office.   He previously served as Assistant County Administrator for Escambia County, and as Police Chief for the Pensacola Police Department before retiring from the Police Department in August 2015. He began his law enforcement career in 1984 as a corrections officer for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and was hired by the Pensacola Police Department as an officer in 1986. His assignments have included uniform patrol, investigations, narcotics and SWAT.

Chip has received numerous department awards in recognition of his service to the community, including a Bronze Cross and the Gold Medal of Valor, which is the department’s highest award for heroism. He also has been named to the Police and Firefighters Heroes Hall of Fame, the Pine Forest High School Alumni Hall of Fame, and received the Volunteer of the Year and Sports Lifetime Achievement awards from the Emerald Coast Youth Sports Association. In 2013 he received the Mayor’s Leadership Award for the city of Pensacola.

The Pine Forest High School graduate holds an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Pensacola Junior College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

He has had memberships on the Statewide Terrorist Network Group, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, U.S. Customs Blue Lightning Strike Force, Favor House board of directors, Ronald McDonald House board of directors, and is currently on the board of Trustees for Pensacola State College. He was a member of Leadership Pensacola class of 2004.


He earned a Masters degree in Public Administration at the University of West Florida and is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College. He was promoted to Chief Deputy by Sheriff David Morgan on July 20, 2013. During his tenure at the ECSO, he has worked in Patrol, Training, and Accreditation; as well as, Captain of Uniformed Services.



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