HALL OF FAMER: Frank Bruno, Volusia's 1st Elected County Chair, Remains Face of Politics Four Years After Leaving Dais

By HENRY FREDERICK

Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even though he last held public office in 2012, Frank T. Bruno, Jr. is generally recognized as the face of Volusia County government.

And why not? After all, in a political career that spanned some three decades, Bruno has the distinction of being Volusia's first elected county chair -- an office he held for eight years -- or two consecutive four-year terms until he was term limited and left the county dais for good in November 2012. But before he stepped down for the  final time, his colleagues unanimously renamed the council Chambers in DeLand in the county administration building the "Frank T. Bruno, Jr. County Council Chambers."

Bruno, now 66, and now working in high-end real estate sales, is the overall No. 1 entrant in the 250-member inaugural Headline Surfer Hall of Fame, Class of 2016-2017.

Editor's Note: This profile of Headline Surfer Hall of Famer Frank Bruno will be updated throughout the weekend.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.