Eric Gilmore Named Permanent Escambia County Public Safety Director

July 29, 2021

Eric Gilmore of Bratt has been named permanent Escambia County Public Safety director, interim county Administrator Wes Moreno told Thursday morning.

Moreno said he will bring the promotion to the Escambia County Commission next week.

Gilmore had served as interim public safety director since December, after having served as emergency management manager since January 2020.

Gilmore has worked for the Florida Department of Health since 2004, serving as a planner, public health preparedness director, and most recently regional emergency response advisor for a 10 county region. He is also the district chief of the McDavid Station of Escambia Fire Rescue.

Eric Gilmore’s father, Elton Gilmore, retired in 2017 after seven years as the Emergency Management Operations Officer in the Escambia County Public Safety Department.

Pictured: Escambia County Public Safety Director Eric Gilmore speaks during a public forum at the Molino Community Center on June 28, 2021. photo, click to enlarge.


11 Responses to “Eric Gilmore Named Permanent Escambia County Public Safety Director”

  1. Sandra Day on August 1st, 2021 9:41 am

    Congratulations to an awesome young man. Well deserved honor.

  2. Dixie Morrell on July 31st, 2021 1:49 pm

    Not sure if you remember me, I ended up moving far out to TX, and it happened pretty quickly. i think of you guys often! and i’m continuing my schooling to still go career out here!

    but congrats, chief. you’re a great person and very much trustworthy.

  3. Gayle Weaver on July 30th, 2021 6:24 am

    Congratulations. Excellent choice.

  4. Pop on July 29th, 2021 9:50 pm

    Eric will do great. He was a leader back in high school and i know he’ll do a great job!

  5. Richard Hawkins on July 29th, 2021 6:46 pm

    Glad to see Eric as Public Safety Director. He is an honest, hard working individual who has a lot to bring to the position.

  6. Becky on July 29th, 2021 4:50 pm

    Congratulation Eric! Make us proud!

  7. David Huie Green on July 29th, 2021 4:18 pm

    Eric is one of the better people.
    Got brains too. (Sometimes with some people, you have to wonder; not here, though.)
    The world is a bit better for this

    David for better people

  8. John Doe on July 29th, 2021 3:22 pm

    Eric is a really good guy. The county is lucky have him.

  9. Daniel Mitchell on July 29th, 2021 3:05 pm

    Congrats I know your Mom and Dad are proud.

  10. Melissa Pino on July 29th, 2021 11:44 am

    This is great news. The County needs this continuity of solid leadership. I’ve been really happy and grateful to witness his swift decisions and courage to act on much-needed policy and personnel changes. Hopefully Mr. Gilmore will stay humble in his role and continue to listen to boots on the ground. An open-door, no-retribution policy needs to be in place, if it isn’t already, so he can continue to wrap his arms around the real issues. There is still so much that needs to be addressed, but the strides he has taken so far are the best news coming out of EMS in years. There are some in the department who seem to feel that he needs to be talking more with veteran middle management and front liners about his decisions, and statements that some of them are not quite the thing. I’m certainly not going to fault him at this point for that, but will trust that once things are stabilized and improving, everything will continue to be revisit as the department heals and the trust between coworkers and the different management levels is once again fostered.

  11. Bryan Caro on July 29th, 2021 10:34 am

    One of the best decisions ever made… get ready for good thing, better things to come…all he needs is the support.

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