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Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood

Contact Information

(386) 736-5961

Mailing Address

123 W. Indiana Ave., 4th Floor, DeLand, FL, 32720

After more than three decades in policing, I've only grown more passionate about the job I love. It's an honor and privilege to serve as Volusia County's sheriff alongside the incredible men and women of this agency. A lot of hard work, talent, teamwork and accountability have taken us to the highest level of modern law enforcement service. We're going to keep pushing to provide our residents and visitors the security and peace of mind they expect and deserve.


  • Born November 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Second-generation law enforcement officer
  • Three grown daughters, three grandchildren


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management, Eastern University of Pennsylvania (2005)
  • Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, NOVA Southeastern University (2008)


  • Elected Sheriff of Volusia County in August 2016. Sworn in Jan. 3, 2017. Re-elected without opposition in August 2020
  • Police Chief, Daytona Beach Police Department (May 30, 2006-November 11, 2016)
  • Police Chief, Shawnee, Oklahoma (May 1, 2005-May 23, 2006)
  • Philadelphia Police Department (November 1988-May 2005); worked in the patrol, tactical, narcotics and detective divisions; rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was the recipient of 58 official commendations for valor, bravery, heroism and merit

Professional Training

  • Graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy
  • Graduate of the 204th session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA (2001)
  • Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (1999)

Professional Involvement

  • Member of the International Association of Police Chiefs
  • Member of the Volusia/Flagler Police Chiefs Association
  • Adjunct professor, University of Central Florida

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