Sheriff Chitwood was born and raised in Philadelphia and began my law enforcement career in 1988 at the Philadelphia Police Department -- the fourth largest police department in the nation. While there, I worked in various assignments and positions of responsibility, including the patrol, tactical, narcotics and detective divisions. I left the agency in 2005 at the rank of Lieutenant to become Police Chief in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Then, beginning in May 2006, I was fortunate to call Volusia County my home -- where I served as Daytona Beach Police Chief for 10 years before deciding to run for Sheriff.
"I’m deeply humbled by the faith and confidence that the voters have placed in me and pledge to work tirelessly for the betterment of the entire Volusia County community. We have a strong and dedicated team of professionals, both sworn and civilian, here at the Sheriff’s Office that I am honored to lead. As Sheriff, my priorities will include combatting juvenile crime, protecting seniors, strengthening neighborhoods, expanding community outreach efforts and maintaining open lines of communication. I also will place a high priority on encouraging innovation and creativity in the workplace. To be successful, all of this requires strong bonds of partnership with the community and everyone working together."
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