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 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.