Former Pensacola Chief of Police Chip Simmons was sworn in at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning. After spending 29 years at the PPD and roughly 18 months in Escambia County government as an assistant county administrator, Simmons now serves as a Chief Deputy of Operations at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. His duties include oversight of the Patrol, Investigations and SWAT divisions.
In a ceremony attended by deputies, Pensacola police officers and well-wishers, Simmons was administered the law enforcement oath by Sheriff David Morgan at the ECSO administration building. Afterward, Simmons said he planned to use all the things he learned in the PPD and county government to help improve the Sheriff’s Office. A polite, professional and strong ECSO are part of his vision as stated at the ceremony.
Chief Eric Haines will be assuming the helm in Administration. Sheriff Morgan said that many changes, embracing best practices, would be forthcoming in the near future at the Sheriff’s Office.