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York County native Chad Chronister last week was named interim sheriff of Hillsborough County, Florida.

He held the rank of colonel until  Aug. 31, when Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to fill the position being vacated by retiring Sheriff David Gee, according to the sheriff's office.

Chronister, 49, was born and raised in York County and is a 1986 graduate of York Suburban High School, according to the sheriff's office.

His appointment becomes effective Oct. 1, and he will remain sheriff until the next general election, set for November 2018, according to the office.

Chronister was hired by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in 1992 and has worked in many of the department's divisions, including patrol, street crimes, SWAT, narcotics, major crimes, intelligence, protection details, warrants and the environmental unit.

He is currently commander of the office's homeland security division, training, community outreach, human resources and general services, according to the sheriff's office.

Chronister received a master's degree in criminology from St. Leo University, located near Tampa, and graduated in 2015 from the FBI National Academy, according to his office.

He and wife Nikki DeBartolo have two children and two dogs.

Chronister said law-enforcement officers must always have an open mind and a burning desire to help others that is "centered on ethics and integrity," according to his office.

Read more about Chronister's background here:

More: ABOUT SHERIFF CHRONISTER

And click the link below to read a full news article about Chronister's promotion, from the Tampa Bay Times:

More: Chad Chronister named interim sheriff of Hillsborough County

 

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