Biography; 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 Bachelors 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.
He was elected to protect and serve the citizens of Escambia County in 2008 and was reelected to a second term in 2012. 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 140 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. The ECSO website has more than a thousand views a day and the Facebook page has grown to over 20,000 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.