Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III was born and raised in Pensacola where he 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.