Escambia County Sheriff
The Escambia County Sheriff is the chief law enforcement official of Escambia County, which was established with the transfer from Spain in 1821, and the head of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. The current sheriff is Chip W. Simmons.
The county sheriff is a Florida consitutional officer and a part of the state judicial branch, and its duties as enumerated in Chapter 30 of the Florida Statutes include:
- Executing all process of the Supreme Court, circuit court, county court, and board of county commissioners, to be executed in its county.
- Executing such other writs, processes, warrants, and other papers directed to it, as may come to its hands to be executed in its county.
- Attending all terms of the circuit court and county court held in its county.
- Executing all orders of the board of county commissioners of its county, for which services it shall receive such compensation, out of the county treasury, as said boards may deem proper.
- Being conservator of the peace in its county.
- Suppressing tumults, riots, and unlawful assemblies in its county with force and strong hand when necessary.
- Apprehending, without warrant, any person disturbing the peace, and carrying that person before the proper judicial officer, that further proceedings may be had against him or her according to law.
- Having authority to raise the power of the county and command any person to assist it, when necessary, in the execution of the duties of its office; and, whoever, not being physically incompetent, refuses or neglects to render such assistance, shall be punished by imprisonment in jail not exceeding 1 year, or by fine not exceeding $500.
- Being, ex officio, timber agents for its county.
- Performing such other duties as may be imposed upon it by law.
Sheriffs are elected to four-year terms in partisan elections.
- Main article: Escambia County Sheriff's Office
The Sheriff’s Office Administration Division is responsible for maintaining the day to day operations. This division includes vital units such as Communications, Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance, Training, Domestic Security and other essential support services. For more information concerning current purchasing bids,
- John Appleyard. The Peacekeepers: the Story of Escambia County, Florida's 43 Sheriffs. 2007.