Chitwood senior administrator trolling social media in bashing county manager

Photo for Headline Surfer / Shown above with Sheriff Mike Chitwood is VCSO Lt. Kyle Bainbridge, one of Chitwood's insider loyalists who had fallen out of favor with rank-and-file deputies and senior administrators alike in recent years before Chitwood's arrival in 2017.
 
Sheriff Mike Chitywood: Farce Behind the Force / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- One of Sheriff Mike Chitwood's most active senior administrators in social media is Kyle Bainbridge, who was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant last year.

Bainbridge is viewed by deputies who know all-too-well the divisiveness that exists within the VCSO as a Chitwood loyalist and right to the point: a "rat."

Bainbridge has aggressively been making the case for the firing of County Manager Jim Dinneen, mirroring the efforts of Chitwood with posts to elected members of the county council in recent days.

He was interested in what Headline Surfer had to say about Dinneen's contract until the internet news provider started rolling out factual allegations it has uncovered about Chitwood and Bainbridge blocked further access on Facebook.

Bainbridge was seen as a loose cannon by fellow deputies until Chitwood was elected and he quickly moved up the chain of command.

"He was told he would never be on the K-9 Unit and he was booted from the SWAT Team," said one deputy, who spoke on condition his name be withheld from publication for fear of reprisal. "K-9 thing was a while back, SWAT Team maybe a few years ago."

The deputy didn't mince words, describing Bainbridge as a "spineless two-faced backstabber," adding,"He was blackballed from the K-9 Unit for telling the other participants during tryouts that he “already had the spot” (which wasn’t true) then kicked off of the SWAT Team for causing too much drama."

"He was told he would never be on the K-9 Unit and he was booted from the SWAT Team," said one deputy, who spoke on condition his name be withheld from publication for fear of reprisal. "K-9 thing was a while back, SWAT Team maybe a few years ago."

The deputy didn't mince words, describing Bainbridge as a "spineless two-faced backstabber," adding,"He was blackballed from the K-9 Unit for telling the other participants during tryouts that he “already had the spot” (which wasn’t true) then kicked off of the SWAT Team for causing too much drama."

Editor's Note:
Bainbridge has been made aware of the contents of this story through secondary sources, but neither he nor Chitwood have responded. 
 
 
 
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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 narly eveenly 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 Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.