Ben Johnson, Deb Denys, Pat Patterson & Jim Dinneen entrants in Headline Surfer Hall of Fame despite Sheriff Mike Chitwood's vitriol

Not only is retired Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson an entrant in the 2018 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame, but Johnson's also being recognized on the media outlet's Mount Rushmore of Central Florida's Finest (top cops) along with Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma,  Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton (in memoriam), and Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri. Among the entrants joining 
 
Sheriff Mike Chitywood: Farce Behind the Force / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Despite the stepped-up vitriol by Mike Chitwood in the past two months that led to County Manager Jim Dinneen's departure, this media outlet does not share the elected sheriff's unsubstantiated claims against his targeted enemies in what clearly is an attempted power grab for his own political gain.

Clearly with Dinneen out of the picture, Chitwood's newest targets are three incumbent elected leaders on the county dais in district 3 Councilwoman Deb Denys representing greater New Smyrna Beach, Councilman Pat Patterson of DeLand and Councilman Fred Lowry of Deltona.

And there is the at-large seat being vacated by Joyce Cusack of DeLand, due to term limits and retirement at year's end, where a candidate for that seat is none other than former Sheriff Ben Johnson, who opted not to seek re-election in 2016 after 16 years of elected service as the county's top law enforcer. 

Johnson, Denys, Patterson, and Dinneen are entrants in the 2018 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame. Additionally, Johnson is being recognized with an even greater honor by this media outlet: He's atop our Mount Rushmore of Central Florida's  Finest (top cops) along with Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma,  Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton (in memoriam), and Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri. 

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.