Lieutenant William Earl Pennington
Lieutenant William (Earl) Pennington joined the Office of the City Marshal, DeFuniak Springs Police as a Detective in September, 2013, after serving as a law enforcement officer in Alabama for over thirty years. He was promoted to his current position as the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division in March, 2014.
Lieutenant Pennington was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, having attended College at both Columbus College in Columbus, Georgia and Wallace College in Dothan, Alabama. He has ties to Northwest Florida in that his father is from Holmes County and his mother from Santa Rosa County. He began his law enforcement career in Alabama at Eufaula Police Department, serving there for three years obtaining the rank of Sergeant. He then worked at Enterprise Police Department for more than twenty-seven years having served in various positions to include: S.W.A.T. Team Member, Police Explorer Advisor, Field Training Officer, D.A.R.E. Instructor/School Resource Officer, Radar Instructor, Traffic Crash Investigator and Reconstructionist. When he retired from Enterprise Police Department, he was a Patrol Division Lieutenant/Watch Commander and had the most seniority in the department.
Lieutenant Pennington is involved with various local business and civic organizations and maintains memberships in several law enforcement associations.