Commissioner Samuel B. Ings Biography

Commissioner Samuel Ings

Commissioner Samuel B. Ings has always made protecting and serving the citizens of Orlando his top priority. As a dedicated crime fighter, Commissioner Ings spent more than 30 years with the Orlando Police Department, retiring as Captain of the West Patrol Division. During his career, his other duties included serving as Commander (Captain) of the Problem Oriented Policing Division and serving two separate terms as the Commander (Captain) of the Criminal Investigation Division.

As a leader in law enforcement, Commissioner Ings was nominated and invited to study at The FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He excelled in this rigorous curriculum of graduate courses, studying leadership development, behavioral science, forensic science, and communication. Commissioner Ings became the first African-American officer from the Orlando Police Department to graduate from The FBI National Academy in the 171st session for Global Law Enforcement Executives.

His extensive career fighting crime motivates him to support crime prevention initiatives throughout the community and neighborhood associations. Under his leadership, a new police substation was opened on Hiawassee Road and Raleigh Street in MetroWest, a business and residential community.

Growing up in the Murchinson Terrace Housing Projects in Orlando, Commissioner Ings focused on studying and pursuing higher education. After graduation from Boone High School, he continued his education, earning several degrees from colleges in Florida.

Because of his accomplishments, he was offered many opportunities to leave Orlando, but chose to remain in his hometown and personally invest in his community. 

Commissioner Ings was first elected in 2006 to represent District 6 on the Orlando City Council. He was Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Orlando in 2007 and 2008. His dedication to improving the quality of life for residents is evident throughout the community, and his desire to make District 6 the best in the city has been unstoppable. Signifying his hands-on and very approachable nature, Commissioner Ings embraces the residents of his community. While wearing his signature Red Tie, he can be seen picking up litter with residents during a neighborhood clean-up campaign in Holden Heights or addressing the needs of Senior Citizens at a luncheon at the Claudia Allen Center. His constituents have consistently re-elected him in 2007, and in 2008 with a landslide victory. Each victory drives him to build a better community and brighter future for his constituents and businesses in his district.