Former Chief Deputy under Morgan Speaks Out
“The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success.”
Sun Tzu: Book IV, 16
This post is going to a collaboration of posts from a man who was at Sir David's right hand when he first got elected. Bill Chavers has a unique perspective in the daily inner circle of the ECSO.
As many of the long time deputies, Mr. Chavers was forced into retirement after he stopped "playing ball" with David Morgan. He witnessed Morgan tell another deputy to dig up something to have one of Morgan's enemy arrested. This was a personal vendetta that Morgan abused his power to result revenge. That is a criminal act.
Here was what Bill had to say:
January 1, 2016
On my mind; Anyone who votes for Thelbert David Morgan for Sheriff must be condoning his lack of law enforcement credentials, that he has never gone through the certification process to be a law enforcement officer in any State, that he has never worked the streets where real cops learn how to deal with the crime and the thugs who live off the innocent. A man who has never had to run down a murder suspect, a rapist, or looked down the barrel of a gun or been shot at by a drug crazed suspect. A man who stated in an interview that kids on the streets are not his problem. A man who backed two if his officers who fired 15 rounds at a man in his own yard, in his own car doing nothing but getting a cigarette. A man who denied publicly owning a " Military " style uniform, yet is seen in parades, at dinners and military events wearing uniforms that look more military than the real military men and women around him. A man who may have intentionally misled the voters about his qualifications in reference to his time in grade as a security police officer and may have intentionally misled the voters about certain background facts during his military career, facts that he has refused to reveal.
In other words, anyone supporting David Morgan is supporting a non-certified, uncaring, unknowing, arrogant, man who lacks law enforcement skills, operational skills and community understanding of the needs to combat an ever increasing crime rate thar has propelled Escambia as one of the most dangerous places to live in Florida. These uninformed people are part of the problem. They need to be enlightened.
Having voiced my opinion, and my freedom of speech about whom I consider the worst individual to ever hold the office of Sheriff, I need to put this out before something happens. My wife is a deputy with tthe Sheriff's Office. She has provided no input or suggestions to my opinions and has stayed out of my business concerning my feelings about David Morgan. In fact she, when asked about me tells every one to call me if they want to kniw anything about me. To date no one has called.
But, know this, he or someone he designates will probably go after her soon. She has nothing to do with my stand and should be left alone.We will see.
Another example of Sheriff David Morgan's arrogance and a true look into how he views himself in this community and with the Sheriff's Office. In late Novemember 2009, Morgan and I met at the Dennys on Mobile Hwy. During our conversation, Morgan made mention of my being, in his opinion, to close to the rank and file deputies. He wanted me to back away from my contacts with them. When I hesitated at his request, he provided a visual response in this manner:
Morgan held out his hand, palm down, flat, and held at eye brow level.
He then held out his other hand, palm down, flat on the table in front of him.
He then stated, indicating his upper hand, " This is you and I "
He then indicated to his other hand on the table and said " This is everyone else ".
He then stated: We can never lower ourselves to this level, I will not allow this to happen. Because we may have to make decisions involving these people (Indicating his lower hand) and we can not if we are on their level.
This was one if several comnents from Morgan during the time I was Chief that revealed his true belief as to his status in the community. He honestly possess an inflated sense of self worth, a complete lack of empathy for others ( especially towards anyone he deems a threat or an enemy ) and believes himself to be unique, special and superior in all ways.
One of many concerns employees came to me about Morgan was his lack of friendliness towards them or anyone in the office.
My response to Morgan was that I could not accept his position in regards to the men and women working the streets. I explained that I was taught from the beginning of my police career that a good supervisor got to know his people, everything about them and when they needed help, he helped them. Doing this allowed a good supervisor to better evaluate his people's performance and abilities. And, I pointed out that my closeness to any officer never got in my way when I had to discipline someone.
Morgans eyes turned dark and I immediately realized he was not happy. In Jan of 2010 he demoted me from the Chief Deputies position.
I am pleading with all voters and citizens, do not vote this man back into office.
The other day, one of David Morgan's best friends sent me a text, stating that several individuals who head up Government agencies, like the FBI, IMMIGRATION, and a few others were never field agents in their respective agencies and wanted to know my point in reference to the fact that David Morgan was never a certified law enforcement officer in any state.
My answer was simple, he had just validated my point. Several individuals who headed up these agencies have been relieved of duty or fired because if their inability to assess-- National and International-- across the world which has lead to the death of hundreds of civilian and military deaths. Simply put, because if their lack of field, street experience many died.
Look at Escambia and know I tell the truth. Because if David Morgan's lack of street and field experience, many are still dying, thugs rule the neighborhoods and the citizens are not safe to even walk to their car.
Yes folks, David Morgan's best friend admitted that David Morgan is not officially qualified to be a police officer. But, why should that matter, because Escambia lives matter! What should not matter is David Morgan's ego.He used the example if a man managing a hospital and not being a doctor. Ok, but when others need to know why something went wrong or was a great success....it's the medically trained Doctor that steps up to the podium not the manager but not in Escambia's case. The inexperienced uncertified cop steps up to the cameras and speaks of what he knows nothing about. Mexican Mafia, Ninjas and Witches, oh my!
I have take issue with Morgan's Neighborhood Watch (NW) Program. He is taking credit for the increased number of NW Programs and how they have helped the County. Folks this is nothing more than another smoke screen. Morgan has increased the number but here's the catch. Take for example a mom trying to get her kitchen cleaned and the kids are running amuck in the house. She needs them in one place and quiet. So, she does what many parents have done for years. She calls them into the living room, hands each kid a couple cookies and tells them to watch TV until mommy finishes. She has succeeded in achieving peace, quiet and a little time to concentrate other things. Same situation with Morgan. Crime is rising, violent crime, burglaries, etc. The people are demanding protection, they are fearful of just stopping for gas and getting shot, going to their car and getting shot, walking the neighborhood and getting shot. Phone calls are coming in demanding some thing be done. Morgan does not know what to do, the media is doing negative reports, Morgan is getting one of his headache's so he runs up into his Ivory Tower and hides....no interviews, no appointments.
Then, he realizes, like the mom,he needs time. So, he sends his best buddy who worked hard on his election campaigns and then hired, created a job for him within the Community Services Division handling amongst other things, Neighborhood Watch Programs to go forth and calm their fears. Then, he sees a great chance to ad a political star to his feeble resume. He decides to add as many Neighborhood Watch Programs as possible. His Buddy tells these folks how great and courageous they are for helping the SO and how important they are. The noise from the people subsides, there is for the moment peace and quiet. Morgan then runs to the nearest camera and spouts out his great accomplishment...." See me, see me ". But, under all that hype is another story about how the SO actually treats the programs .
January 11 ( After the Sheriff's Forum)
Well the so called debate is over and I watched David Morgan do what he always does, mislead people and play himself up as wonderful. It could not have got any more sickening.
Morgan made one comment and I want to refute his comment.
Mr Morgan, you said you walked the streets with the late Leroy Boyd from the Movement for Change organization, speaking out for better Community Race Relations. And, you asked the audience, " Where you, where were your voices ".
David Morgan, how dare you put yourself on the same level as Mr. Leroy Boyd. He truly cared about his community. If he were alive today, I am sure he would have called you out tonight. You walked only for political reasons and because it looked good for votes. I think the Black Community now sees through your deceptive maneuver.
As for my voice, I was the person meeting with Mr Boyd to listen to his concerns and complaints, Not You Sir !!!. Recall Morgan, you told me you did not want to meet " With that man " when he asked for a personal meeting about an incident that happened downtown and resulted in the injury of a black citizen involving several deputies.
I met with and talked with Mr Boyd numerous times about issues and incidents. He and I had a good professional relationship. We were working on a bond between the Black community and the Sheriff's Office. I was to meet him about a week before he passed to discuss a couple ideas he had. He knew the truth and knew you were only concerned about getting the Black vote. He told me so personally.
So, Morgan, my voice was there with Mr Boyd while you hid in your office avoiding " That man " as you described him.
And your excuse for cutting relations with several Federal agencies was pathetic Morgan. John Johnson called it correctly, he pointed out that you got your ego bruised because " You " did not get your face on camera.
What I saw tonight was vintage Morgan, prancing around, declaring himself the all knowing answer to all problems.
I also saw a concerned Morgan, an angry man, taking a defensive stance during the entire debate, standing behind the candidates. He was afraid to "Man Up " and face John Johnson or Doug Baldwin. And, how dare Morgan try to play down the " Sandshaker Drug Investigation " when he was not remotely involved.
But, should we have expected any less from a man who has never been a real cop? A man who plays cop everyday at the expense of Escambia citizens.More to come on Morgan.
Last night at the so called debate, David Morgan made a comment that he thought was funny and his misguided, starry eyed supporters must have thought it was funny too, for they laughed along with him, including his newest Chief Deputy.
When given a question about him losing the Jail, Morgan explained it was all about the budget for him, but that the Commissioners took it to a personal level and the issue got nasty. Morgan claimed that he gave the Jail back to the Commissioners and then commented about the continued problems. Morgan then, sarcastically stated " And, they've done a ( Bang Up ) haven't they.
A " Bang Up job " Morgan, really? Obviously you were referring to the disaster that occurred at the Jail. People were seriously injured and one lost his ability to walk. That was funny to you and your supporters? So sad.
Ànd, you in your true character of not caring about others feelings make a joke, trying to embarrass the County Commissioners. But, rest easy on the Commissioner issue, your personally picked Commissioner, Mr. Underhill was there to laugh along with you. You were kind enough to point out that he was not on the BCC at the time. Way to cover his back Morgan. I'm guessing he will make the motion to give the Jail back to you later.
Another example of Morgan's uncaring, thoughtless remarks which proves my point that he is not Sheriff material.Let him "Stay the course" back to Missouri or whatever State he wishes to destroy but not Escambia.
SPEAK OUT ESCAMBIA, SAVE YOUR FAMILIES, YOUR HOMES AND YOUR COUNTY. LET THE HEAVENS HEAR YOUR VOICES THROUGH THE VOTING BOOTHS.
PUT A REAL, CERTIFIED, EXPERIENCED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TO WORK AS OUR NEXT SHERIFF.
WE TRIED AN OUTSIDER AND IT DID NOT WORK, LETS PUT SOMEONE IN OFFICE WHO KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS OUR COMMUNITY. AND ONE WHO DOES NOT SEEK SELF RECOGNITION THROUGH CAMERAS.
Tonight, I want to speak out for those deputies who have reached out to me. Folks a lot if Deputies want to speak out against Sheriff David Morgan but they can not because some months ago, Morgan had copies of a Court Order posted to all SO employees to remind them that disciplinary action could be taken against them for talking out against him or the SO. I have seen this memo but can not find it at the moment but it points out all the ways a member of the SO can get into trouble for talking about their boss, including some circumstances even if they are not working if I recall correctly.
Not long ago, a Deputy make some negative comments about the SO on Facebook I believe. Morgan's third Chief Deputy who checks all the social media sites found the comments and shortly afterward an investigation was initiated ending in the "firing" of this Deputy. Really? With the problem of needing manpower on the streets, Morgan was more worried about someone talking about the SO and him that protecting the citizens? And that is the point of my comment. Morgan uses threats and intimidation to squash the free speech of his employees. This sends a very clear message that he is afraid, so very afraid of the citizens finding out how bad he is as a leader. Morgan needs to shut down the voice of his deputies so as to keep the citizens in the dark and thinking all is great under his watch.
Folks, its not good at the SO. Morale is so low it barely exists. The deputies are so scared of the Administration, they have become a " Reactive Organization", meaning they basically wait for a call to respond versus being a " Proactive Organization " where they go out and look for criminal activity. They know if they cross the line put out by Morgan and his Staff, all hell will befall them.
So, Morgan has shut down anything negative about him from being release through any type of communications from his employees. He is the one afraid, he is a true coward.
To the deputies, hear my words. You are the real heroes. You are the first line of defense, the Green Line protecting this community. Not the tyrant who haunts the Sheriff's Office hallways. You suffer from having to work for a Non-certified, Inexperienced individual who taints the Star you wear on your chest. You've earned the right to wear that Star if Honor and Pride. Morgan should be ashamed to claim any right to that Star.
Stand tall and know there those of us who do not fear Morgan or his Staff of head hunters. We will speak out for you. But, you can talk to your wives and families. Let them spread your message by other means. And know, Morgan will be defeated.
In Response to my Rant January 14th :Bill Chavers Thanks Jimmie for stepping up and telling it like it is.
David Morgan is the true coward here. He is not a cop, he will never be a cop, he has never put himself in the line of fire, never walked the streets as a cop. And, I doubt he would ever run to danger as cops do to protect anyone.
I probably fell under his juvenile definition of a coward behind the keyboard.
Well, to Morgan, I say this. I am not a coward, I've been in the streets, alley ways and projects, chasing every type of criminal any one can think of. I've been shot at, I've had thugs try to run over me with cars, I've been in hand to hand combat with thugs. And, I have the scars to prove it.
So, I am not a coward, I use a keyboard to get the message out that you, David Morgan, seem more of a coward and con-man. I know what you've done to fool the people and its my mission to let the citizens know the truth. If they still choose to put you back then its on them for the horrors this County will face under your lack of understanding.
Go away Morgan, leave Escambia alone to recover from your mess.
David Morgan believes he will win his primary easily. He truly thinks all of Escambia's voters love him, that no one is paying attention to the vast growing number of people who are now catching on that he is a joke, that his leadership is questionable at best and they are beginning to realize that Morgan is not now nor has he ever been a sworn, law enforcement certified civilian Police Officer any where.
Now, I discover that Morgan may have misled the public about his actual time in service as a Security Police Officer. If he did mislead the voters, it would have had to been intentional. And, intentional would mean he ( Lied ) to the voter's to make his experience seem more than it really is. It would also explain his lack of law enforcement operational experience and leadership.
I do know he changed his Air Force career field from Security Police to Space and Missile Operations about half way through his 20 year career. And was not a Security Police Officer in the Space & Missile Command.
So, will some one with a good math background tell me how he managed to work 20 years as a Security Police Officer when he was not working as a Security Police Officer?
Sheriff Morgan on recent criticism: "We are hobbled by the law."
Bill hasn't gone so far as to say it but Morgan, in this statement above, is telling the people all they need to know. "We are hobbled by the law". What does that mean? In Morgan's perception, the law is a nusance and pursuing his way of "law enforcement", bullying and such, he feels "hobbled", restricted, hindered, crippled by the law. The only people crippled by the laws are criminals. The laws are there to protect the people of the county; if it is hobbling the ECSO, then the ECSO is trying to subvert the law.
"Don't vote for me."
"We are hobbled by the law."
What else do you need to hear from this man? He has told you the things you need to know about his character, in his words, actions and the fact Escambia County is less safe than most counties in Florida. When a person fails at their job, they are fired. Fire Morgan, not because he resents the citizens of the county,(because it is your fault for not raising your kids correctly or letting law enforcement do their job--whatever that means). Fire him for unfairly applying the standard of justice to his deputies while making sure people who commit misdeamors like Greg Fink and John Powell are held to the highest accountability. If justice is not equal, it is not justice. It is selective based on the whims of Sir David. Or how about the fact your community isn't as safe as it should be? Those are valid reasons to kick this SOB to the curb like you would anyone else who collossally failed at their job.
You cannot doubt the real fear the deputies who speak out must fear. Speaking of that fear. Sir David has an attrition rate of approximately 50 officers a year. That mean he loses approximately 50 officers a year. That is ridiculously high turnover for a the size of the department. Why are so many deputies running as fast as they can? The ECSO is a sinking ship. Escambia County, do you want to stay on the Titanic?