Kiwanis Club of Tampa
Sheriff Chad Chronister
Sheriff Chronister is a veteran law enforcement officer who has served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since 1992. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminology from St. Leo University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy's 260th Session.
Sheriff Chronister became the top law enforcement officer in Hillsborough County on Sept. 30, 2017, upon his appointment by Governor Rick Scott. The Sheriff commands an office with an authorized strength of 2,466 sworn employees and 1,051 civilians. The current annual budget is $418 million.
Sheriff Chronister has held numerous positions throughout his career, most of which were in covert and latent investigative capacities. He began his law enforcement career assigned as a patrol deputy. Sheriff Chronister has been a SWAT operator, Environmental Enforcement detective, Warrants Unit detective/supervisor, Narcotics Section detective/supervisor, Intelligence Unit detective/supervisor, Dignitary Protection Detail supervisor, deputy commander of the Community Outreach Division, and commander of Patrol District III. He was most recently the Colonel in charge of the Department of Operational Support. Sheriff Chronister is also co-chairman of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, Region IV Tampa Bay.