Sheriff Mike Chitwood's tenure in elected office ugly, but masked by mainstream media's eagerness to play up his tough-talking Scumbag Eradicator persona for ratings

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sheriff Mike Chitwood has held elective office for nearly 18 months now and while on the surface, his tough-talking Scumbag Eradicator persona continues to resonate with the public, there is a dark underside to him behind closed doors that he and his PR flaks have managed to contain, but for how long?

Consider: Chitwood's hyperbole is scoffed at by high-end cocaine traffickers who have found even greater profit margins in supply and demand far beyond the typical crack-smoking druggie or heroin-junkie prostitute.

With the pill mills and pharmacies under greater government scrutiny in the last couple of years, prescriptions for pain pills and other synthetic opioids like fentanyl are creating a generation of children without parents as the bodies continue to stack up in the county morgue.

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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 for a decade now. 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 dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.