Former Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, according to the document, spent tens of thousands of dollars on a life-size bronze statue of himself before leaving office last year.
Morgan used $ 75,000 in tax dollars on statues for a New York state company. One was Morgan in his sheriff’s uniform, complete with Air Force medals, while he stood and saluted. The second was the former Escambia County Lt. Jason Potts and his K-9. They were appointed in April 2020 before Morgan stepped down. Two checks were made to settle the bill, one in April 2020 and the other in August 2020.
Morgan reportedly planned to erect his 6-foot-4-inch statue near a memorial to fallen officers outside the sheriff’s office.
Escambia County’s current Sheriff Chip Simmons said Wednesday that Morgan’s statue will not see the light of day.
“I have no intention of putting the former sheriff’s statue here in front of this building or anywhere in this building,” Simmons said.
You don’t normally build a statue of yourself and make taxpayers pay for it, ”added Simmons. “I think it’s a bit of a waste of money. That’s why I tried to cancel it when I first found it. I think it’s a bit bold. I think it has a touch of narcissism. “
The nameplate was removed from the statue of Potts with his K-9. With its generic appearance as a proxy and K-9, it can still be used anywhere at ECSO>
But the Morgan statue will stay in the warehouse.
“Maybe we can melt it down and use it. But at this point this statue is not going to be placed here in the Escambia Co. Sheriff’s office, ”Simmons said.
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