Judge David Jordan is seeking reelection to the office of District Judge of Escambia County. He has served in this capacity since January 2003. He received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama in 1981 and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1984. Prior to becoming District Judge, he practiced law for 18 years, four in Mobile and 14 in Escambia County with the law firm of Otts, Moore, Jordan and Coale. He is a member of the Alabama District Judges’ Association and currently serve as secretary of that organization.
The District Court has jurisdiction over all civil controversies less than $10,000 (which includes Small Claims Court), all felonies prior to indictment by a Grand Jury, as well as all misdemeanors and traffic cases in the county. He also presides over all misdemeanor and traffic cases in Flomaton.
As District Judge, Jordan is also the Juvenile Court Judge for the County. Juvenile cases include delinquency, dependency, and CHINS cases.
In all, including all areas of his jurisdiction, he had approximately 14,000 court filings in 2009.
In his capacity as Juvenile Judge Jordan also serve as Chairman of the Escambia County Children’s Policy Council (CPC). In 2007 the Council became very pro-active and determined to act aggressively to protect the interests of children and youth in Escambia County. Since that time the Council has successfully launched the Family Drug Court (FDC), a dependency drug court, in an effort to combat the destruction of families by drugs and alcohol. This program recently graduated its first participant to successfully complete FDC and continues to serve parents and children. At the time of its creation, FDC was only the fourth such drug court in the State. Jordan presides over the Family Drug Court.
CPC has also sponsored the Truancy Diversion Program, which is a partnership of CPC, the Juvenile Court, the Escambia County School Board and the District Attorney. This program involves the family of a chronically absent and/or truant child in an educational format to improve the ability of the student to succeed in school. Escambia County’s Truancy Diversion Program is looked at as a model program all over the State. It has been presented to State education meetings in Birmingham and Montgomery and other counties have copied it to prevent the problem of kids dropping out of school.
CPC, in partnership with both Escambia County and Brewton City school systems, employs both a full-time coordinator and drop-out prevention specialist to combat problems that contribute to dropping out of school, delinquency, and dependency.
“The problems which plague our county are not unique to us, but that does not diminish their severity,” Jordan said. “As the State of Alabama continues to struggle to meet the demands placed on it by crime, including juvenile crime, and the destruction of families by drugs, alcohol and other problems, we must be creative and energetically seek to find solutions. Judges, including Juvenile Judges, are increasingly being asked by the State’s leaders to find new ways to attack these issues.
“I recognize that taking children away from parents and locking juveniles up are necessary responses to bad decisions and life choices in some cases. But, those measures do not solve all problems. I believe it is my responsibility to lead our county in the creation of new and effective measures to restore families and change juveniles who are off the right course. The burden which falls on the taxpayers otherwise, through the cost of detention and the Department of Youth Services, and the cost of caring for children who become the responsibility of the State because of the failings of parents, is a tremendous burden our State is unable to keep up with.”
Jordan is a member and past president of the Brewton Kiwanis Club and Brewton YMCA. He has also served as president of the Brewton Habitat for Humanity and Brewton United Fund and served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Brewton Chamber of Commerce.
Jordan is a member of Brewton First Baptist Church where he sings in the choir. He taught Sunday School there for 15 years and served as Chairman of Deacons.
Jordan and his wife Becky and I have been married for 25 years and have three children, Matt, 22, a senior at the University of Alabama; Jill, 18, a freshman at Jefferson Davis Community College; and Coale, 15, who is in the ninth grade and is home-schooled.