About The CandidatE
28 Year Law Enforcement Veteran
In 2005, Tony Cummings earned his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership degree from Nova Southeastern University. He also holds a Master's degree in Organizational Management and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Criminal Justice. In addition, he has a State of Florida Department of Education Professional Certification in Education Leadership (All levels). Dr. Cummings graduated from Terry Parker High School, Jacksonville, in the late 80's.
Dr. Cummings, then private first-class Cummings, joined the United States Army Military Police in 1989, where his duty assignments included a tour in Russian occupied Berlin, Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall, an assignment with the U.S. State Department (top secret clearance), and a highly prestigious tour in Washington D.C. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1994 at the supervisory rank of sergeant, and continued his law enforcement career in 1995 as a civilian by joining the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO).
In his career with the JSO, Dr. Cummings has worked in both the patrol and detective divisions. His assignments included working as a Field Training Officer, Burglary Investigator, Undercover Narcotics Agent, and Missing Persons Investigator; an extension of JSO's Homicide Unit. He also provided ethics training to the Community Service Officers formerly assigned to the JSO.
Dr. Cummings was awarded the 2012 Six Pillars of Character, JSO Employee of the Year, for his work in helping to save Jacksonville’s youth from the streets one child at a time. He was recognized for his efforts in the September 2011 edition of the Justice Coalition’s Victim’s Advocate. In addition, Dr. Cummings was awarded Officer of the Month honors for his work as a Missing Person’s Investigator in helping to positively identify the remains of three (3) missing person victims reported missing in the late 80’s and early 90’s. His direct involvement in securing DNA from family members of the deceased and coordinating his investigative efforts with personnel from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, helped to bring much needed closure to each of the victim’s families.
In addition to his investigative duties and responsibilities with the JSO, Dr. Cummings worked as an adjunct professor in 2007 with Keiser University in their Crime Scene Technology (CST) program. He taught the following CST courses to young aspiring Criminal Justice majors: Legal Aspects of Crime Scene Careers, Hazardous and Unusual Crime Scenes, Introduction to Forensic Science, Fingerprint ID and Development, Crime Scene Safety, Crime Scene and Evidence Photography, and Crime Scene Procedures.