HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – There’s a new sheriff in town!
Chad Chronister was sworn in as the Sheriff of Hillsborough County during a ceremony Friday morning at the Edgecomb Courthouse.
“I will well and faithfully perform the duties of Sheriff of Hillsborough County,” said Chronister.
Chronister has been serving as interim sheriff since he was selected for the job by Florida Governor Rick Scott back in August after Sheriff David Gee retired.
Chronister joined the agency in 1992 as a patrol deputy and has served in various specialty units and leadership roles, including as Commander of the Department of Operational Support.
“I woke up today and it feels surreal to be at an agency where you grew up, where you became a man. I got up today, I thanked God, I thanked my family,” said Chronister.
His family has been by his side today and throughout his career. His wife couldn’t be more proud of her husband.
“He was made to do this job. I know what a great job he is going to do. He loves what he does. He loves his job. He loves waking up every morning and he loves going to work. The community couldn’t be in better hands,” said Nicole DeBartolo.
Sheriff Chronister’s friend and colleague of over 20 years agrees.
“When you meet him you know you are in the presence of someone special. I’m not surprised by this. It’s just one of those things that’s inevitable. It just couldn’t happen to a better person,” said Detective Eric Giallanza.
Those who have worked with the sheriff call him the most humble man they know. A humble man, ready to serve Hillsborough County.
Chronister is a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, the Jason Ackerman Foundation, More Health, Inc. and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
“I’m excited because I know what an honor what, a privilege it is to share such great relationships with the community,” said Chronister.
Chronister said he will focus on crime prevention programs; he will work to ensure juveniles do not become delinquents and finally he will continue his community enrichment programs.
The oath of office was administered by Hillsborough County Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Honorable Ronald Ficarrotta.
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