Incumbent Chad Chronister will remain Hillsborough County sheriff

Posted at 9:18 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 01:19:46-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Incumbent Chad Chronister will remain the Hillsborough County Sheriff after he was declared the winner in Tuesday’s General Election.

With 100 percent of precincts reported, Chronister earned 377,574 votes (55% percent) while Gary Pruitt (D) had 246,623 votes (36% percent). Ron McMullen (not affiliated with a party) earned about 63,935 votes (9 percent).


Chronister was first named interim sheriff by then-Governor Rick Scott in September 2017 after Sheriff David Gee announced his retirement. Chronister ran for sheriff – and won – in November 2018 to serve the remainder of Gee’s term.

Prior to running against Chronister in the November election, Pruitt served with the Tampa Police Department for 25 years before retiring in 2015, according to the Democratic candidate’s campaign page. Pruitt had previously ran for Hillsborough County Sheriff in 2018 but fell short to Chronister.

McMullen is a retired police officer who served the Tampa Bay area for about 30 years, according to the candidate’s campaign page. Over the course of his career in law enforcement, the Brandon native was a patrolman, SWAT team member, commander and instructor, according to McMullen’s campaign page.

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