Alexander Sworn-In As New Pensacola Police Chief; Retired Chief Headed To County Job

August 6, 2015

An installation ceremony was held Wednesday for Pensacola’s new police chief.

Escambia County Judge Patricia A. Kinsey gave David Alexander III his oath of office during the event at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center. Alexander’s wife Alcuin pinned his badge on him after he took his oath
of office. He became the Pensacola Police Department’s first African-American chief of police when the Pensacola City Council approved his appointment on July 16.

His appointment follows the July 31 retirement of Chief Chip W. Simmons. Simmons is set to become an assistant county administrator for Escambia County.

Simmons will be responsible for overseeing community public safety relations and coordination, firefighters both paid and volunteers, jail construction and public safety coordination and employee relations. Corrections Director Michael Tidwell, Public Safety Director Mike Weaver, Facilities Management Director David Wheeler and Building Services Director Don Mayo and their departments will report to Simmons.

Pictured: An installation service for new Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III Wednesday afternoon. Photos for, click to enlarge.


7 Responses to “Alexander Sworn-In As New Pensacola Police Chief; Retired Chief Headed To County Job”

  1. Patti.Rittenbery on August 8th, 2015 7:46 am

    I have known David and his wife for many years. So happy for them. They are very nice people. People of integrity. I know he will do an awesome job. Proud for you.

  2. Buddy Garrett on August 7th, 2015 8:54 am

    I have known David and the Alexander family for many years. He is a fine police officer and a great human being. I think he will be a great asset to the department, and continue to show what a true leader he is.

  3. Bob C. on August 7th, 2015 8:01 am

    Congratulations and Best Wishes to you, Sir.

  4. tg on August 6th, 2015 2:31 pm

    Right man for the job. Good luck and Best Wishes.

  5. J.Larry Seal on August 6th, 2015 11:29 am

    Must be nice to retire and then
    be hired by the county…………….

  6. anonymous on August 6th, 2015 8:46 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting this fine man a few weeks back. He made a very special visit to a very sick little boy who was in the hospital, recently diagnosed with cancer, and was about to have a birthday. I was fortunate enough to have been there for the surprise visit. Before leaving, we all joined hands as Mr. Alexander prayed over the little boy. A touching time, to say the least. We need more people like this serving nowadays. Congratulations Chief Alexander! Thank you for your positive influence on that little boy and his family! I’m quite certain he will never forget you, not to mention the teddy bear you so kindly gave him :) God Bless You!

  7. Jay on August 6th, 2015 7:31 am

    Congratulations Mr.Alexander.Do a great job!!