Assistant Chief David Alexander III, the first African-American to ever hold the position, was honored by family and friends of the Warrington area where he grew up and the larger community in which he has worked on October 25th at Englewood Missionary Baptist Church’s All in One Restaurant. Branded as “A Congratulatory Celebration Honoring One of Our Own David Alexander III” with the color theme of red, white and blue, the new assistant chief entered the facility with his wife Mrs. Alcuin Alexander on his arm walking down a red carpet walkway to their seats on a riser next to his father and mother, Bishop David Alexander Jr. and Mrs. Margaret Alexander.
David Alexander was pinned as the new Assistant Chief of Police with the Pensacola Police Department on September 4th reporting to Chief Chip W. Simmons. In an interview with the Pensacola Voice in September he stated, “My dad told me that when I was very small that I was destined to be a police officer and that I showed interest of being police officer in my childhood”. When asked what this promotion means to him he said, “I am encouraged to do what I can to increase the value of this appointment. I view this promotion as an appointment for the community’s sake. There is a lot of divisiveness, and I think there is a lot that we can get accomplished if we can get people to work together. I would like to use my position for that. However, at the same time I must keep it within the scope of what law enforcement dictates. Hopefully we can build the trust so that we can maximize what this promotion is all about”.
Michelle (Queen) Crocker served as the emcee for the elegant affair. When she missed his promotion ceremony because of a scheduling conflict, she promised Alexander that she wanted to do something very special for him. Alexander’s reaction to the celebration brought this comment, “It was very humbling event for me being recognized as a son of the Warrington community with people coming in from out of town, my family, relatives and the community elders being present,” he stated with pride.
Brother Frank Alexander introduced Micelle Crocker as the emcee. Frank worked with Michelle and Ellison Bennett to organize the festive occasion. Bennett presented the assistant chief with a plaque honoring his historical achievement from the National Movement for Human and Civil Rights of which he serves on the national board of directors. John Jackson and the Elements of Praise brought the house down with their repertoire of gospel music performances fit for a gospel award show presentation. Tom Alexander roasted his older brother sharing a few family secrets.
Alexander’s son produced a power point presenting pictures of the assistant chief’s life from his childhood to his being pinned in his historic position. He made those in the audience tap their feet to the old school music that was the back ground of his tribute to his father. His closing comments were a heartfelt thank you to Alexander for his experiences as his son which brought teary eyes to some in the audience that could relate to the message.
Comments from a friend of Assistant Chief Alexander stated, “This was a well produced event with inspirational music, great food, family-oriented fun, and prideful tributes that gave the celebration a very positive spiritual feeling. David truly deserved to be celebrated by the village that has supported him throughout his growing into this historic position”.