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HCSO Motor Unit Escort former Sheriff Malcom Beard:
Malcom Elmore Beard:
Beard was born in 1919 in Moultrie, Georgia. He moved to Florida with his family in 1924. His life of service began when he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Beard joined the Tampa Police Department in the 1940s. He was elected constable for Hillsborough County in 1957, where he served until 1964 when he was elected Sheriff of Hillsborough County and served as Sheriff until 1978. He then served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1978 to 1980. In 1979, he was elected to the State Senate and served until 1996. In 2013, the Operations Center was named after him becoming the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Malcolm E. Beard Sheriff's Operations Center.