Chief David Alexander III
David Alexander III
Chief of Police
Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III was born in Pensacola and graduated from Escambia High School. He was hired by the Pensacola Police Department as a cadet in 1983, promoted to police officer in 1984 and worked until 1989 when he left and was rehired in 1991 as an officer.
Among his assignments have been Uniform Patrol, field training officer and supervisor in Uniform Patrol, Administrative Technical Services, Neighborhood Services, and Criminal Investigations divisions.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in human resource management from Troy State University. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Among his community activities are mentoring youths and community outreach.
He became the Pensacola Police Department’s first African-American Chief of Police since the department was formed in 1821 when the City Council approved his appointment on July 16, 2015.
Chief Alexander can be reached by phone at 850-435-1855 or via email at Dalexander@cityofpensacola.com.
Assistant Chief Tommi Lyter
Assistant Chief of Police
Assistant Chief Tommi Lyter was promoted to his current position on July 16, 2015. He was hired as a police officer in August 1990, promoted to sergeant in 2003, promoted to lieutenant in 2006 and to captain in 2014.
Among his assignments have been Uniform Patrol, Investigations, Neighborhood Services, TAC, SWAT, K-9, dive team, and field training officer. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Assistant Chief Lyter has received three bronze crosses, one unit citation, a Chief’s Award, one meritorious service award, and one Grand Cordon. Among his department responsibilities have been project manager for body cameras and a citywide surveillance system. He currently manages the department’s compliance with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
He is on the board of directors for the Escarosa Coalition for the Homeless, volunteers with the Make a Wish Foundation, and works closely with neighborhood associations and Crime Watch groups.
The Assistant Chief can be reached by phone at 850-435-1962 or via email at Tlyter@cityofpensacola.com.