A veteran law enforcement officer Sheriff Chad Chronister has served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since 1992. He has a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a master’s in criminology from St. Leo University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy's 260th Session.
He became the top law enforcement officer in Hillsborough County on September 30, 2017, upon his appointment by Gov. Rick Scott and was elected by the citizens of Hillsborough County on November 6, 2018.
He is co-chairman of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, Region IV Tampa Bay.
He credits his family and faith for his successes. His grandfather Jack Bentivegna instilled in him a passion for service to others, to work for the greater good and to always fight the good fight. This sparked his desire to enter law enforcement. "Nanu" Jack served his country as a decorated Marine in combat missions at Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Guam during World War II. He passed away in 2013, but his spirit and legacy live on.
Sheriff Chronister has earned many commendations. His civic associations include board membership positions with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries. A native of York, Pa., Sheriff Chronister is married to Nicole DeBartolo and has two sons, Asher and Zack, and three dogs, Mona, Lola, and Cali. He enjoys spending time with his family the most.