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Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood Bio


  • 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

  • Board of Directors, Police Executive Research Forum
  • 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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