Ball’s in Your Court, Chief

Chief Simmons,

This letter was written by many anonymous hands because of the climate of retaliation that I am sure you can appreciate. We understand that you are in the middle of working toward becoming Sheriff. You have been reaching out to the shifts and you have asked for support of the employees. Many of us have talked about what the office would look like with you as Sheriff. Honestly, some say it would be better and others believe that it would be more of the same. Time will tell which of us is right

Chief, you have an opportunity at your doorstep that most do not. You have the ability to show us how you will handle issues as the Sheriff before you are in the “hot seat”.  Some of us have had discussion about the obvious fact you have not had any opinion on the situation happening with pay raises and manipulations of those pay raises by Chief Haines. You are aware of the bitter feelings most have toward Chief Haines. He has caused many issues to be life altering for good people that did not deserve the treatment he made sure they received. He is not a respected person and is the cause of many problems our office is facing today. He treats people so poorly that he produces only negative results with any issue he is a part of at the office.

If you want to be Sheriff, you have to speak out now. Give us a reason to hold on that  will allow us to feel confident you are not more of the same ole’ same ole’. You can be positive force for our future. We need to know that you don’t agree with the raise we have worked so hard toward, being stolen from us. If you want to be Sheriff, we deserve to see your response to what Chief Haines is doing right now. All eyes are on you, Chief.  We deserve to get the chance to see you handle an issue that is difficult to find a solution.

This is not a situation that you can ride the fence on. You either know what needs to be done or not. This is an US vs THEM situation.  We know you understand the resentment and anger we feel being short changed this way. You have said your hands were tied, but we are here to tell you, you hold all the power. Can you handle it, Chief? We need a leader who doesn’t want to screw us. Yes, this is a tough situation you are in, but you get chose to be right where you are.  Asking for your input is a cry for help honestly. We have nobody to turn to in the administration because all of them are so scared of the reaction if they make someone mad. You are the only person in a position to take a stand. Sheriff Morgan has already named you as the person that should take the job. He can’t back away now. You have support of the public but if you can’t manage to MAN UP, the loyalty of your deputies will not be with you. We have been led by a cut-throat, non-LEO who has broken so many people. We will have your back, will you have ours?

It’s your time to shine or fade into Morgan/Haines. What’s it going to be, Chief?

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A Letter of Concern from ECSO Sr. Deputies

Given to me by senior deputies who listened to an incident in Montclair this past weekend:

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RESIDENTS OF PENSACOLA:

It is a difficult task to bring up topics during an election year and not be blamed with making political attacks. It is true this is the time of the year that this type of tactic will occur. It does not mean that serious issues should be avoided or ignored. All public officials have a job to do regardless of being an election year or not. This opinion is not about David Morgan. The issues brought to light here are about is the Sheriff doing what he is expected to do. It does not matter who the person is in the office but if the person in office is the right person for the job.

The country has witnessed some of the most terrifying events that could be imagined in recent months. Incidents we would never have believed could occur in our country are happening in places that resemble any given neighborhood that each of us lives our life. Police officers are being targeted and being murdered. These acts are being encouraged by groups known to exist for the purpose of hate. As a law enforcement officer of more than 20 years, I would have not been able to imagine our society ever reaching a point that this was allowed. Officers were always looked upon as the good that was there to keep balance from bad.  Now, officers are not only viewed as the enemy but also the prey.

Most all citizens will go through their day with a sense of security because they have never been a victim of a crime. There is an expectation that if they need an officer one is only a call away. How would the public feel if that were not true? What would the average day be like for a citizen if they believed that there may not be help available if needed? Think about how it would change your daily routine. What if you called for an officer and had one come to you that was not more capable than you were with solving an issue? Would you want to leave the safety of your home if that were the case? Would you allow your children to play outside knowing the safety you had as a child has vanished? I can only speculate what each person reading this is answering to each of the questions. I feel confident that most are realizing it would change their life drastically.

The truth is you are not as safe as you were 10, 15, or 20 years ago. Time causes change and not all change is positive. We do not always have control over what change occurs. We do have control on what we do to adapt to the change that happens. With law enforcement, the responsibility to adapt is crucial. The public depends on our officers being educated and trained to the changes that will be faced as change occurs. A sheriff of any county has the obligation to know what the needs of the community are and do all possible to accomplish reaching the goals of meeting those needs. The main objective of a law enforcement leader should be to protect the community to the best of their ability. That ability should be constantly evaluated and made to prove they are not in a position that exceeds their ability. The proof of ability is measured by looking at the performance of that leader.

I am now reaching the point that many will attempt to claim this is a political post. It is not a political post. In fact, I have no candidate for sheriff I am endorsing. I believe all of the candidates seeking office have a resume to support the belief they could be elected. I say that with one exception. David Morgan is not proving he is capable of continuing as the leader of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. He has not been tested with any true crisis that would prove he is capable. There have been some situations that received nation attention and given the appearance that he is capable. Much of this opinion was through quick sound bites that are designed to create entertainment by media sources. None of us have ever seen him taken to task on what he would do in a real life incident that required critical thinking at a pace not set by him. When given the luxury of time and the ability to schedule a media event he is very prepared. He is even entertaining. He is in no way prepared for the tough decisions that occur in real time that determine the outcome of a person living or losing their life. He has never been on “hot” calls that create the feeling that seconds feel like hours or that the wrong decision will cost you your life or the life of another. He may feel he has because of the strict policies that are in place that have given him the ultimate ability to second guess the decision of officers and pass judgement. The fact is and always will be he has less experience of doing the job of a cop than a guy that was hired to attend the Basic Recruit Academy. In fact, he would not even be able to clearly understand a conversation between two deputies having a conversation on a police channel. These facts are not what should concern the average citizen.

With the most recent tragedy, which occurred in Dallas, we witnessed an attack on law enforcement officers that devastated an entire city. It caused fear that none of could begin to understand. Imagine for a moment that the individuals you depend on for your safety are targeted and killed. If they are such easy targets how would you feel knowing the average person has even less of a chance of surviving such an attack? Those brave officers had been through hours of training, equipment to protect, and weapons to eliminate a threat. They were still killed. Imagine how easy it would have been to kill even more of those brave men and women if they had none of that training or equipment that ultimately gave them the upper hand to defeat the evil perpetrator in this senseless crime. If you can’t get a picture of that into you mind I’ll help you out.  Imagine the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the accepting of hate groups encouraging attacks on law enforcement we have had numerous attacks on officer across the country. Many have lost their life. Many have been victimized by liberal agendas. The result has been agencies seeking training and equipment to help defend the life of officers and the public. I can tell you right now that is not the case with the ECSO. We have had not one single hour of training to educate officers on crowd control or purchased equipment handle crowd control. In fact, we have not even changed from the training that we have had for the last 5-6 yrs. Why would David Morgan, with all of his self-proclaimed ability, not see we are no longer training for a scenario that is based on incidents from a decade ago?  I’ll answer that easily.  He isn’t a cop and never has been a cop. He made a choice to surround himself with people who knew how to brown nose better than they knew how to police.  The result is an agency that is exposed and vulnerable.

As I am writing this there is an event occurring in Montclair subdivision. The ECSO has known of this event being planned for several weeks. The response was to do nothing. Today there was someone that decided to take the event seriously because of threats to kill officers on Facebook. The response from the ECSO was to call in a handful of overtime deputies. With several weeks of knowledge and time to gather endless intel we put out a few officers for overtime. This is disgusting to even think about. David Morgan has become a danger to lives of the officers he commands by having such complacent thoughts concerning the safety of these officers. His staff is either to ignorant to know or to spineless to tell him. Either case proves our cops deserve better.

Now, this is not the story that the public will get when Morgan talks about his “operation” if a media event is scheduled. He will explain how weeks of planning went into the operation and how he has made sure we have the best equipment to make sure the best job is being done. Know now that if he makes that statement he is a liar.

He will produce a few items that we have for critical incidents. There are a few ballistic shields. A few helmets and maybe some gas guns. The vast majority of that equipment is only used by SWAT and the patrol officer will never have the benefit of having use of that equipment.  Any of you who know the system can make a public records request for any of the statements I have made and I assure you I am accurate with my description.

I seriously do not care who is elected but I do care that Morgan is gone. He does not have the right to play cops and robbers when his antics will cost the life of an officer to be lost. The one thing I have to say in all of this that is political is how much training and equipment could be purchased for $130,000.00 that could potentially save an officers life? I guess locking your car door is more important than an officer’s life to Morgan.

I am sure my opinion will be attacked and that is expected. I just hope there is a chance that some of you will help us. It is what we do to support our families and we shouldn’t have David Morgan and his ego cost our families by not coming home because of his silly political games.

Sincerely,

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VMO 2016 #2- Sheriff David Morgan is a FRAUD!

Sir David claims to be knighted, which Dr. James Scaminaci proved was not as Morgan claimed. He misrepresented himself as being a leader of a military unit that he did not lead. He wears his medals on his dress uniform, in a fashion that is out of step with the military honor format. He is simply a false facade with no credibility which is apparent in the chaos of his department.


Leaders lead from the top down. The lowest of men must be a representation of them all. That is how it works. If you have deputies that sex offenders who still have a job, that conveys the affinity the leaders over those deputies have with their officers. It is very much a parent-child relationship. Look at the kid and you will see the parents. Especially in Escambia County, the reflection of the men in the community is that they are not doing their job; they are bullies with badges; they victimize people routinely. Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that as long as these people with bad behavior are allowed to keep their jobs in light of unethical, immoral and flat-out criminal practices, that either Sir David is blind or he is facilitating everything these deputies do.

Opportunistic Donation Responsible for Lack of Investigation in Deputies Sex Abuse Case?

On October 28, 2014, Sheriff David Morgan presented a check to Gulf Coast Kids House for $50,000. This philanthropic gesture is posted on the ECSO’s Facebook page below.

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The caption with the picture reads as follows: Joining Sheriff Morgan this afternoon were Pam Schwartz, Gulf Coast Kids House Board Chair, Debbie Ritchie and Stan Connally, Co-chairs of Captial Expansion for the Gulf Coast Kids House Board of Directors, and Stacey Kostevicki, Executive Director.

There is a short description of where the funds came from out of the Honorable Sheriff’s budget:

The donation are provided by The State Law Enforcement Trust funds. Under the auspices of Florida Statute, Chapter 932.701-706, “Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act,” law enforcement agencies may seize and forfeit any contraband that have been used in the commissions of felonies to be used in the community.

A couple of local articles thank local felons for this generous donations, which is a very noble way to think of such a donation. In researching the above mentioned, “Law Enforcement Trust” (LET) fund, after perusing the generous donations the Sheriff’s office likes to dole out to private charities in the area, this donation is conspicuously larger than the last 3 years donations to any other organization.

The 2 years prior, in particular, Sheriff Morgan donated a mere $500 each year. What drives such a sizable donation in the first 3 weeks of his fiscal year? This single donation is roughly 20% of his beginning budget in the LET fund of $250,000. The largest other donation in recent years was $15,000 to the National Flight Academy in March, 2014.

Keeping this in mind, the Pensacola News Journal broke the story on March 9, 2015 about Leah & Doug Manning being wanted as well as the arrests of Senior Deputy Mark Smith & Deputy Walter Thomas.  The PNJ states:

In late September or early October of 2014, Thomas allegedly visited spouses Leah and Douglas Manning. A victim allegedly identified the Mannings as “swingers” who had multiple sexual partners.

The victim said that Leah Manning invited her into a bedroom where she engaged in sex acts with Thomas while Douglas Manning recorded the abuse with his cell phone, according to the report.

The victim also reported multiple instances of abuse while visiting Smith in the summer of 2014. The incidents were reported through a child abuse hotline in February. Following an investigation, Smith and Thomas were arrested Friday.”

Being Sheriff Morgan’s biggest fan and knowing that no further investigation was done to see if there were any more victims or offenders within his department while also knowing through a confidential source, who spoke with personnel from the State Attorney’s office at Gulf Coast Kids House, that was baffled to find a LACK of zealousness to push such an investigation, I have to wonder if Sheriff Morgan wrote the biggest check to the state mandated  child abuse advocacy agency in October, after the first complaints came in on Senior Deputy Smith, was this incentive money to keep the ECSO secrets?

This is purely speculation but looking into the timing of this phenomenal check and the investigation into the ECSO for sex offenders who wear badges, seems less than coincidental.

What do you think? Could this be the dirtiest secret in Escambia County?