The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is located in beautiful Pensacola, Florida. Currently, the Sheriff’s Office employs over 650 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.
SHERIFF DAVID MORGAN
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 & Staff College.
In 2008, Sheriff Morgan was initially elected to protect and serve the citizens of Escambia County, and he was re-elected in 2012 and 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 Cadet Program for 18 to 21-year-olds, ensures young promising law enforcement professionals have an opportunity to explore possible careers in law enforcement.
The ECSO website has more than a thousand views a day and the Facebook page has grown to over 72,000 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 four children and eight grandchildren.
CHIEF DEPUTY CHIP SIMMONS
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 Patrol, Investigations, Narcotics and SWAT.
Chief Simmons 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.
Chief Simmons 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.
SENIOR COMMANDER DALE THARP
Senior Commander Dale Tharp has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University. He began his career as a corrections officer on February 14, 1982 and six months later he became a Deputy Sheriff with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. During Senior Commander Tharp’s 35 years at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, he has worked in Patrol, Motorcycle, Auto Theft, and Investigations Unit. He became the ECSO’s first school resource officer in 1986. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1997, Lieutenant in 1998, and his promotions continued in Community Services to his present rank of Senior Commander. Senior Commander Tharp currently serves over the Investigation Unit.
COMMANDER TRACY YUHASZ
Commander Tracy Yuhasz is a Pensacola native. She is an alumni of Tate High School and Pensacola Junior College. Commander Yuhasz has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of West Florida. She has served the citizens of Escambia County for more than 30 years. Throughout the span of her career, she has worked in many different areas including Patrol, DUI, School Resource, Precinct Investigator, Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs, Centralized Services Division, Forfeitures, and Administration Division.
COMMANDER MARK JACKSON
Commander Mark Jackson began his career with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. He has worked in various assignments including Patrol, Narcotics, and Investigations. Commander Jackson has extensive supervisory experience as a Sergeant and Lieutenant in Patrol, Investigations, and Narcotics. He was selected for the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in 1997 and was appointed the SWAT team commander in 2005. He is a FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy Recipient and graduate of the 2017 Florida Sheriffs Association Commanders Academy. Currently, Commander Jackson serves over the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Services, SWAT, and Crisis Negotiations Team.
COMMANDER ROBERT QUINATA
Commander Robert Quinata has been employed with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office since 1998. Although Commander Quinata spent the majority of his career assigned to the Narcotics Unit as both an investigator and supervisor, his other assignments include Patrol, Major Crimes, and SWAT. Commander Quinata has attended numerous command and leadership courses to include the Florida Leadership Academy (Class 27) and he is a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. Commander Quinata currently serves as the Officer-In-Charge of the ECSO’s Investigations Division and is also the agency’s SWAT Team Commander.
COLONEL RONALD ROSS
Colonel Ronald Ross has worked for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of West Florida. Colonel Ross previously served in U.S. Marine Corps. He has been assigned to Patrol, Investigations, Narcotics, and SWAT. Colonel Ross has held supervisory positions in Patrol, Narcotics, and Investigations. Colonel Ross is currently assigned as the AOIC of the Uniformed Services.
COLONEL MINDY VON ANSBACH YOUNG
Colonel Mindy Von Ansbach Young has been employed with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office since 1999. Colonel Von Ansbach Young is currently the Officer-In-Charge of School Resource Officers, Court Security, Fleet Maintenance, Extra Duty, and Civil. She is the Team Commander of the Crisis Negotiations Team and is the Crisis Intervention Team coordinator for the agency. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2010, Lieutenant in 2014, Captain in 2017, and Colonel in 2018. Colonel Von Ansbach Young’s assignments included Patrol, Narcotics, Field Training Office, Accreditation, Court Services, and Training where she served as the Sergeant over the Field Training Program. Colonel Von Ansbach Young graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Colonel Von Ansbach Young has attended numerous command and leadership courses to include the Florida Leadership Academy and she is a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.
COLONEL DAVID INGRAM
Colonel David Ingram is a law enforcement veteran with over 17 years of service. He is currently assigned to and in charge of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Service Units. Colonel Ingram holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Davidson County Community College, NC. Colonel Ingram started his law enforcement career while enlisted in the United States Navy. He served in uniform patrol for two previous agencies prior to joining the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. He has served as a patrol deputy for uniform services, an investigator in Economic Crimes Unit, Escambia County Emergency Operation Center Liaison and Lead, Uniform Patrol Sergeant, and a sergeant assigned to Investigations over the Evidence Unit. He has over nine years of service serving on the Hazardous Materials Law Enforcement Response Team (Rapid Response Team). Since September 2016, he has been a member of the Property and Evidence Association of Florida (P.E.A.F.) and is P.E.A.F. certified. He has completed his Firearm Specialist Certification, FBI LEEDA Supervisor and Executive courses, and is a graduate of the Florida Leadership Academy. In 2019, Colonel Ingram attended and completed the National Command and Staff College (NCSC), session 004 and received the Magnus Award. Colonel Ingram is presently seeking a Master of Science in Public Administration with a Concentration in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.
MAJOR ANDREW HOBBS
Domestic Security/Public & Community Relations
MAJOR MICHAEL GILMORE
Major Michael Gilmore is law enforcement veteran with more than 20 years of service and lifelong Florida Panhandle resident. He is currently assigned as the Major of the Criminal Investigations Division. In Major Gilmore’s career, he has served as a patrol deputy, K-9 handler, narcotics officer, warrants officer, and US Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force agent. He has also served as the Sergeant assigned to the multi-agency Gun Crime Response Team & Gang Unit; as well as, the Lieutenant assigned to the Robbery/Homicide and Special Victims Units. Major Gilmore is a graduate of the FBI-LEEDA’s 256th Supervisor Leadership Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, 202nd Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, and the 168th Executive Leadership Institute for Law Enforcement Executives. He is also a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.
MAJOR DAWN JANES
Special Investigations Division
Major Dawn Janes began her law enforcement career with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in 2000. Major Janes served in the Uniform Patrol Division as a patrol deputy for 11 years and was a Field Training Officer during that time. In 2011, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in Patrol, School Resource Division and the Special Victim’s Unit. Major Janes was promoted to Captain in 2018 and Major in 2020. She is a FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy Recipient and graduate of the Florida Sheriffs Association Commanders Academy Class 8.Captain Janes is currently in charge of the Special Investigations Division, which includes the Special Victims Unit, Intel, Warrants, Computer Crimes, Missing Persons/Cold case, Sexual Predator/Offender unit, Victim Advocates and Criminal Registration.
COUNSELOR DEBRA LITTLE
Debra Little served in the U.S. Navy from 1995-2002. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and earned a Juris Doctor “law” degree from Shepard Board Law Center, Nova Southeastern in 2004. After graduating law school, she began her legal career locally at the Office of the Public Defender, First Judicial Circuit. Debra was an assistant public defender for one year until leaving for private practice. Debra served as a part-time child support hearing officer from 2011-2013. In 2013, Debra returned to full-time public service as an assistant general counsel for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. In 2016, Debra was promoted to general counsel-litigation where she currently provides legal advice and counsel to the sheriff, command staff, and employees in a variety of legal areas. Debra also conducts forfeiture litigation, reviews and drafts contracts and mutual aid agreements, and provides legal updates on case law and new legislation.
The general counsel is not a legal advisor for the general public.
Chief Financial Officer
Henrique Dias became the chief financial officer for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. Henrique completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from New York University.
Amber Southard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism from the University of West Florida. She began her career working as a reporter at WJHG, the NBC affiliate in Panama City Beach, Florida, where she covered the crime and county government beat. In 2012, she was hired by WEAR-TV in Pensacola and continued a career in crime and investigative reporting. Then in late 2015, she became the Chief Public Information Officer at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. You can connect with the Public Information Office by emailing email@example.com.
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