Sept 24, 2013
Friendswood, Texas - Phillip Morris, retired Police Commander of the Galveston Police Department, has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for District Attorney of Galveston County. Morris is the Conservative Republican choice to protect our families and property in Galveston County.
“The successful investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses can be enhanced through an increase in the leadership ability of the District Attorney.”, stated Morris. “Unfortunately, our current District Attorney has not been a leader and as such, we have a high turnover rate that affects every taxpayer and resident of Galveston County." Morris continued. "Prosecution must also change and too often the changes have not kept up with social and investigative advances."
Morris began his career with the Galveston Police Department in April of 1988 after being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force where he awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Morris, who has spent the majority of his legal career as a public servant, spoke of his priorities. “As a law enforcement officer, I have always put public safety as a priority, As a lawyer, I have always represented my clients in the best manner under the law. As District Attorney, my ‘client’ will be the citizens of Galveston County,” Morris said. “My goal will always be the same: to vigorously serve and protect the peaceful and law abiding citizens. “ While with the Galveston Police Department, Morris worked in a variety of assignments including Patrol, Juvenile, Auto Crimes Task Force, and as a Major Case Investigator assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. Morris also worked his way up the chain of command promoting to the rank of Captain as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police in 2003. Morris’s responsibilities included managing the Departments Fleet Services, Communications Division, Training Division and Police Academy, Police Records, Animal Control, Parking Control, and the Office of Professional Standards. In addition, Morris was responsible for developing and managing the Department’s $16.2 million budget and providing legal advice to the Chief of Police. Morris was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police in April of 2008 and served in that capacity until his retirement on June 31, 2008. Morris received several police commendations including the Police Combat Cross, Life Saving Ribbon, and the Exceptional Service Ribbon.
Morris, who attended the University Of Houston Law Center while working with the Galveston Police Department, received his Juris Doctorate in 2002. Morris is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and is licensed to practice in the Federal District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas. Upon retiring from the Galveston Police Department, Morris opened a small law firm in Friendswood where he currently practices family law and criminal defense.
Morris has a very strong and committed background in public service. Morris is uniquely qualified for this position because he has had the experience of working on all sides of the criminal justice system. Morris is fair but firm and will take a strong position with regard to repeat violent offenders, especially those that commit violent crimes against our youth and the elderly. Morris believes that the District Attorney must be fiscally conservative. Morris stated that his goals are to restore and enhance a relationship between the District Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement agencies throughout Galveston County and provide effective leadership to recruit, train and retain quality prosecutors in an effort to stem the growing turnover rate at the DA’s Office. Morris and his wife, Heather Morris, a Houston Police Lieutenant, have five children. To learn more about Phillip Morris you can visit his website at www.phillipmorrisforda.com or visit him on Facebook at Phillip Morris for DA.