Malcolm E. Beard, American politician, Died at 99

Malcolm Elmore Beard was born on February 21, 1919, in Moultrie, Georgia and died on January 2, 2019.

He was an American politician from the state of Florida.

Malcolm moved to Florida with his family in 1924, served in the United States Navy during World War II, and attended the University of Tampa.

He worked for the Tampa Police Department from the 1940s until he was elected sheriff of Hillsborough County in 1964, ousting incumbent sheriff Ed Blackburn in what the Tampa BayTimes would later depict as “a tight, sharply challenged race — the last time Hillsborough County saw a genuinely focused race for the workplace.

Malcolm served as sheriff until 1978.

He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1978 to 1980.

In 1979, Malcolm was elected to the State Senate for the 22nd district, and he served until 1996.

In 1985, Malcolm changed districts and parties, sitting for the 23rd district as a Republican.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office’s he. The Sheriff’s Operations Center was named after him in 2013.

Malcolm died seven weeks before his 100th birthday.

He passed away at 99 years old