Keeping It 100 with Sheriff Chad Chronister

Episode 1: "They called me Pops."

Episode Summary

Sheriff Chad Chronister looks back at his career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, shares the story of why he became a Deputy and explains the importance of keeping and growing the relationship with the community.

Episode Notes

If you have questions that you would like the Sheriff to answer, please reach out to us on social media using #keepingit100.

Episode Transcription

Female Speaker: Attention Hillsborough County, Unit 100 is now present.

Group: I do solemnly swear or affirm that I will support, protect and defend.

Female Speaker: I repeat, Unit 100, your Sheriff Chad Chronister is now here.

Group: And I will [inaudible 00:00:20] and faithfully perform the duties of Deputy Sheriff, of which I am about to enter so help me God.

Announcer: And now the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office brings you Keeping It 100 with Sheriff Chad Chronister.

Amanda Granit: Hello everyone and welcome to episode one of Keeping It 100. I'm your host,

Amanda Granit, I'm a Public Affairs Coordinator here at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and of course, joining me today is Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister.

Chad Chronister: Hi Amanda.

Amanda Granit: Hey, how's it going?

Chad Chronister: Wonderful.

Amanda Granit: How does it feel to have the headphones on?

Chad Chronister: It's good. It's exciting. I think this is long overdue and I couldn't be more proud of all of you to put this together. I think this is another way we're going to reach out in the community to help bridge that gap between community and law enforcement, and that's them just getting to know us.

Chad Chronister: You know, I think we're in a community that loves us, that respects us, but sometimes doesn't know everything that we do and all the different entities and all the different outreach and all the different community partners that we work with on a daily basis. I'm excited for the community to get to know us even better.

Chad Chronister: We do a great job at social media. We do a great job of being transparent through every different media avenue possible, but this is just the last missing piece. So you guys have done a wonderful job putting this together. So you're asking me how I'm doing. I gave you the long version.

Chad Chronister: Just excited, excited to be here knowing that this is a great way for people to get to know the 4,000 employees here at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office.

Amanda Granit: Yeah, it's going to be really cool to kind of pull that veil back and show everybody what happens here at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. We want to remind everyone that we're going to be answering community questions, so make sure you reach out to us on social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter at HCSO sheriff.

Amanda Granit: Use the hashtag, #keepingit100 and you can submit your questions and we'll answer them on an upcoming episode. Keeping It 100 for those people who are, who are asking and wondering about that name, it's cool. It has a double meaning.

Chad Chronister: It does. My unit number is 100. The chief is 101 and we always joke that my wife's 100 and a half. But it's good and our colonels go from there and then goes all the way the different districts and everything. So keep it 100, yes, I'll be here with you doing the the webcast, but it also has another meaning I think just as important or probably even more important.

Chad Chronister: Keeping it 100, like keeping it 100% real. There's no questions that are off limits. We want you to get to know the office so please ask us, fire away. If there's something you want to talk about, hey, you heard we were involved in this. We're going to talk about it here on the podcast.

Amanda Granit: Yeah. Just submit your questions. Again, #keepingit100 and that's how you reach us. So let's jump into it. Let's get started. Let's be podcasters.

Chad Chronister: All right, first question. Fire away.

Amanda Granit: All right. Tell us about yourself. Super hard.

Chad Chronister: Oh, boy.

Amanda Granit: So let's go through like where you're from, how you came to HCSO and a little bit about your time here.

Chad Chronister: Okay. I have been with the sheriff's office now going on 29 years, but I'm originally from York, Pennsylvania. A small town in Pennsylvania. I went to college in Northern Pennsylvania for two years. Decided the snow was not for me.

Chad Chronister: I was tired of going to college and class every day, walking up through the snow. Having to let your car warm up and then now you're going to class and you thaw out so now you're cold and wet.

Chad Chronister: My nose was always bleeding from being in the cold and the dry heat. I'm like, I'm done. I literally came home after my second year in college, took the snow tires off my car, washed my clothes and left the next morning for Florida and I've been here ever since and that was a 32 almost 33 years ago.

Amanda Granit: That's awesome. Why law enforcement?

Chad Chronister: It's a couple of different reasons. Number one, I was raised by my grandfather. My dad wasn't in my life. My mom worked three jobs and made sure we had a couple of pairs of clothes on us and food and refrigerator that we were only allowed to microwave. We're not to use the stove.

Chad Chronister: He was in World War II. He was a Iwo Jima in Guata Canal and he always had that Marine mentality, that Marine culture of service and always helping a fellow brother and helping.

Chad Chronister: When he was serving the country, but even when he came back home, he was always involved in serving his community and I always looked up to him. I'm like, you know, this is great how this man's truly making a difference.

Chad Chronister: Everyone knew who he was because he was always lending a helping hand to whoever needed it. I was like, man, I knew I wanted to do something service related. I didn't know what it was and it kind of just came to me.

Chad Chronister: Another story that always stuck with me is when I was one year old, my mom was in the hospital having my sister and my dad at the time was still in our life and she was delivering my sister.

Chad Chronister: We were at home, he was in the bathtub and I was running around in the bathroom and me and my infinite wisdom at one years old thought that it'd be great idea that caps that go on top to cover the bolts on the toilet, that I would put it in my mouth.

Chad Chronister: So I did with the slippery side, the round side up and I immediately began choking. So my dad jumped out and grabbed me and I was really choking. He could barely move it enough just to get me a little gasp of air to maintain life.

Chad Chronister: Well, we lived in a duplex and the next door neighbor was a police officer. Back then there was no 911 one or anything like that. Thank God he was home for lunch, ran outside, knocked on the door. This is a story that I've lived with my whole life, telling that the neighbor was there, had his police car there.

Chad Chronister: He turns the lights on, rushes me to the hospital. As my dad had me in the back seat they kept moving the cap just enough for me to get air. Ran me into the emergency room. Luckily someone was there. Doctor turned me upside down, grabbed some forceps, pulled it out and saved my life.

Chad Chronister: They were already taking the benedine and get ready to do a tracheotomy and everything else. So that, that story always stuck with me too. So, hearing that story how my life was saved and following the life of my grandfather, I knew it was going to be something and it just came to me one day.

Chad Chronister: I was working for a plumber during the day. I was literally ... This isn't some crazy story, digging ditches. The old clay ditches and he would drop me off with my food and I had all day to dig the ditch and he'd come back later.

Amanda Granit: You kind of sound like an old man. Like, I was digging ditches.

Chad Chronister: Walked 80 miles through the snow and heat. But I would do that during the day. I'd go home, eat dinner, shower, and then I'd go to UPS and unload trucks at night. I said, that's it. I want something better for myself. I want to do something different. This isn't the service that I was talking about.

Chad Chronister: Applied for the sheriff's office and back then it was a lengthy, lengthy process. I was able to get hired with the sheriff's office. The first day, all the way up to almost 29 years later I love every day of what I do.

Chad Chronister: I love my job at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. I was raised here. I grew up here. I became a man here. I've learned so much over the years. I owe i to, the Sheriff's office, everything I have.

Amanda Granit: What were those few first few days and weeks with the sheriff's office as a

brand new deputy, those emotions and feelings like?

Chad Chronister: Nerving. Nerving because I'd never been in a police car until the first day I graduated the academy. Never shot a gun before for the first day until the day I joined the academy. So the first day I got released, got out, got assigned my area. I was with my field training officer, got in his police car. I'm like, holy crap, I'm in a police car.

Chad Chronister: But you know, very nerving. As you get different assignments, you have to become comfortable. I'm like, well you knew kind of the basic statutes, but how do you apply them in the real world? I'm like, okay, this education starting all over again.

Chad Chronister: Which was quite expensive and I still learn today, every day I come to the office. But, it was very nerving. A lot of anxiety not knowing. Hey listen, you know, like I tell our people all the time, we have a ton of young people here at the agency.

Chad Chronister: We've hired so many individuals. They want to do the right thing just sometimes they don't know what the right thing is and just need some leadership. That's exactly right. The sound effects from the roosters, that's just to authenticate that we are here [inaudible 00:07:58].

Amanda Granit: Yep, that's not a sound effect. That's actual roosters outside.

Chad Chronister: Exactly. A staple here

Amanda Granit: Yes.

Chad Chronister: [inaudible 00:08:05] City.

Amanda Granit: Definitely. The person who saved your life when you were one really ended up having a huge impact on you. Do you remember the first person you may have saved?

Chad Chronister: First person I saved. The first person I saved probably would be, and it's not a

life saving measure like we're all talking about, it's a female who was being beat by her husband for years and years and years. I spent hours with her trying to talk to her and tell her she could change her life and she didn't have to live like this.

Chad Chronister: I think she truly thought she had to. Like, I have to endure this for my kids and this.

Amanda Granit: She felt trapped.

Chad Chronister: It was great being armed with a ton of resources that were in a pamphlet that we were given access to to say, listen, you can change this. You can do this and had to learn that she had left her husband and change her life. I don't know anything much more than that, but I always say that's probably the first person that I would hope that I just maybe encouraged and-

Amanda Granit: Made a difference in their life.

Chad Chronister: ... and maybe saved her life and changed the course of her life by just spending some time just making sure that she knew there was another way of life and that somebody cared.

Amanda Granit: Obviously we've talked about some of the good parts of the job. Making the difference in that woman's life, feeling nervous and excited on your first few days of the job. But, the job is difficult. What are those difficulties for new deputies and law enforcement officers in general?

Chad Chronister: Yeah, this is the most rewarding job I think anyone can ever do. It's just selfless service. There's nothing more gratifying knowing that you help somebody. It's a great job because it's not mundane. Every call, every minute is something different. It's not sitting in an office. Well I know I got this, I have this paperwork, this certain paperwork to fill out.

Chad Chronister: So I always love the excitement of the, of the job. I guess the danger of the job and how society has changed. I think it's great that we live in a community that adores their sheriff's office and I remind our employees every day how important that is. The trust has been built and following the footsteps of so many who have created that relationship that we have with our community.

Chad Chronister: That's why it's so important for the deputies that have the resources they need, the training that they need and that they're the most professional versions of themselves because it's so important to maintain that that relationship.

Amanda Granit: That's great. What is something you learned about yourself as you came up through the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office?

Chad Chronister: I guess as an ... I graduated high school probably weighing 80 pounds. I was always a small kid. I didn't even shave until I think I was a sophomore in college. I was a late bloomer. I think I always lacked confidence in myself that I had the ability to change anything, that I had the ability to make a difference.

Chad Chronister: I was a small kid from small town Pennsylvania. I wasn't supposed to be doing any of this and to be in a town, a community like Tampa and accomplish what I've been able to accomplish. I mean accomplish not as far as successes, but as far as the relationships that I've built and the friendships that I've built and being a part of this agency in any capacity.

Chad Chronister: Making a difference in the community that way we have, that's probably something I'm most proud of and learned about myself that hey listen, you are capable of so much more.

Amanda Granit: Other than what the inside of a police car looks like, what's something that surprised you when you first started here?

Chad Chronister: That somebody would lie to you. I was a young kid, lived in a small town and I think I lived a sheltered life and even in college. The first time someone just committed a crime I was naive. I'd believe them. The next person said it and I believed them too. They're like, hold on a second. What do you mean they lied to me?

Chad Chronister: I think that was something that I learned immediately. The hey listen, you know criminals lie. They're doing bad things and they're not going to be honest with you.

Amanda Granit: Yeah. One of the amazing things about the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office is that deputies have a chance to go into specialty units and to really make a concentrated difference in their community. That's something that you did before you became sheriff.

Chad Chronister: Right.

Amanda Granit: And before you were in the command staff with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. What are some of the roles that you did and some more specialized units?

Chad Chronister: I think that's important. You're never going to come to the sheriff's office or any type of law enforcement agency and can get rich. You can't do it for the money. You have to do it because you love making a difference in the community. I think that's what makes the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office so enticing is because it's so expansive, it's so diverse.

Chad Chronister: After your first three years here you can do anything you want to do. I was fortunate because after two and a half years I did have a baby face at the time and they needed someone to work street level drugs in schools and that was a big- it was extremely problematic.

Chad Chronister: I came in at the height of the crack cocaine era and got my first opportunity early, early on in my career. But it's been phenomenal from working street-level narcotics, then work narcotics, more of the smuggling, the bigger cases.

Chad Chronister: Then I was transferred to the intelligence section and I love that doing all the dignitary protection, doing some of the internal affairs cases, work in some of the public corruption cases. I learned so much there. I was promoted and got to stay there. So I really enjoyed it. Now I was able to be a supervisor and continue there.

Chad Chronister: I got promoted to sergeant and went back to the street. It was great after being off. Wait, hold on. I missed a step. I was a warrants detective for seven years. I kind of got burnt out in narcotics.

Amanda Granit: What does that mean for people who aren't familiar with law enforcement?

Chad Chronister: I kind of got burnt out in narcotics. I was there and it was just crazy hours. It was just nonstop. Informants always calling and I'm like, I need a break. I wanted to shave, I wanted to take a bath, I wanted to cut my hair. Wanted to eat normal food instead of doing deals and eating in bars and eating chicken wings and pizza.

Amanda Granit: That gets old fast. It sounds really cool in the beginning. It gets old fast.

Chad Chronister: It was great. I have a size 31 pants. When I was in narcs my size 34s were tight on me.

Amanda Granit: Oh no.

Chad Chronister: That shows you just that it was unhealthy. But, a warrants detective is someone who's assigned to a warrant. There's a lot of warrants that are issued for people, for whatever the offense from not paying child support all the way up to first degree murder.

Chad Chronister: Warrants detectives that we had here in Hillsborough County was a section and our responsibility was here's the warrants, go get these individuals. So, I liked that because it wasn't a lot of investigative work as far as going to court and putting cases together. It was, hey listen, a little cat and mouse game. Go find this person.

Chad Chronister: It was great going that direction and I spent seven years, I had a phenomenal

partner doing that and did that for seven years and then went to the intelligence section. Stayed in the intelligence section as a supervisor, a corporal, then got promoted to sergeant, went back to the street.

Chad Chronister: That was nice. I had been off the street for a lot, a lot of years. Leaving the covert capacity now being able to put a uniform and going back and having my own squad and hey listen-

Amanda Granit: It probably felt good again.

Chad Chronister: It was a lot of fun. Then I went back to the street level. It's funny how things go in a big circle. Went back to our street-level narcotics unit as a sergeant. So, that was a ton of fun because I had been there as a deputy, now you're here as a supervisor. Then I went back to the warrant section as a sergeant.

Amanda Granit: Just going back and forth.

Chad Chronister: That was great. Then I got promoted to lieutenant and went to the community outreach section. Had a blast there because I'd always been chasing bad guys and this was, hey listen, you're going to be dealing with a lot of individuals that we work with the community that we do so much to accomplish here at the sheriff's office.

Chad Chronister: So, was the lieutenant there, got promoted to captain and stayed there. Went out to the district. I was assigned to the Northwest portion of the county as a captain, my major retired. I became the major out there. Then became the colonel in charge of the operational support.

Chad Chronister: It all ties around one thing I missed is being a SWAT team member. I was probably the oldest person on the team. I was a corporal at the time. They called me pops. Being with all these young kids, but I learned so much during that time period.

Chad Chronister: Just so much tactics and repelling from helicopters to doing assaults on a plane and school buses and just being on boats and shooting from on targets on boats. I mean, just seeing how you could save people. Having this tactical unit that would actually save a lot of lives. I'm like what a cool, cool portion and education that I got to experience.

Chad Chronister: Then when I became the colonel at the operational support and part of that was the SWAT team. So I got to actually be back on the SWAT team again. Then was appointed to sheriff back in 2017.

Amanda Granit: The SWAT team-

Chad Chronister: I forget what the question was, but [crosstalk 00:16:32] ...

Amanda Granit: Nope, I think that was great. It think the SWAT team is something that people see in movies and it seems to be this force that comes in and saves the day, which in a lot of times it is. It had to be a really cool experience and I can see the light behind your eyes when you start talking about that.

Chad Chronister: Yeah, I think once you're a SWAT member, you're always a SWAT member. That fraternity is there, and it is. When all else breaks down, call the SWAT team. But I think I didn't learn a lot of actually deploying force or doing stuff like that. The biggest component that I learned is how you deescalate situations and find a peaceful resolution to any situation every possible time we could.

Chad Chronister: You know, 99% of the time it was always that peaceful resolution. Having that tactical unit, using less lethal force, working with negotiators. I learned more of how to deescalate a situation and save a life. That was probably the most rewarding part.

Chad Chronister: But, when you train together, back then it was three 12-hour days, and you're together all the time or you're on call outs and there's sometimes it was busy. We went out for one call out, went to another call out. It was busy times back then and we were getting called out a lot and the good part was I learn a tremendous amount.

Amanda Granit: What's that like? Obviously some people who are listening to this will be law enforcement and their families and they know what that's like. But it's hard on your family too to have that on call situation and you deal with that now as the sheriff. How does your wife handle that?

Chad Chronister: Yeah, she's a trooper. Matter fact, back then though that's one of the reasons I got off the team. I was single for a lot of years and my relationship started getting serious with my now wife. So 13 years ago or so, 14 years ago probably around there and it was tough.

Chad Chronister: I remember one of the last call outs was her birthday party and we're out for dinner and just sat down. Dinner was just coming and the pager goes off. Back then it was pagers. So the pager went off. You have to go to this call

Amanda Granit: That's a small box you would put on your hip and it would pop up with a number.

Chad Chronister: It would tell you what the call is and where to go and go now. So, I kissed her goodbye and I left and that was at 5:00 in the evening, 5:30 in the evening. Got in my car. I drove my police car and took off down to the south end of the county. Was there all night long and didn't get home until noon the next day.

Chad Chronister: That's tough. It's not like you can sit there on your cell phone and keep in contact with your wife. Then you'd get home at noon and you'd sleep again till 5:00. You try to get some sleep and then you had to go back to work. We don't have a full time SWAT team, so he'd go back to work that night. If not, you're minus a supervisor on patrol. That was difficult to deal with.

Chad Chronister: So, exciting times. But you're exactly right. It's extremely difficult on family life. At the time when I started getting serious, my wife had a two and a half year old at the time, three years old and I knew that I had to make a change.

Chad Chronister: So, it was probably one of the toughest decisions coming in and talking to the colonel at the time and say, listen, I told you if I couldn't give 110% I wouldn't give anything at all and reluctantly, regretfully I have to resign from the team.

Chad Chronister: But, it's tough. Now as the sheriff, my son's a little older, he just turned 16, it's a little different. It's a little easier. I can't speak from all that. I don't think it's ever easier when I say, Hey, kiss you goodbye and I have to go to some tactical situation or-

Amanda Granit: Or where she wakes up to the phone call also at 2:00 in the morning.

Chad Chronister: She answers the phone. The phone's on her side of the bed. So whenever you have to call the house, you talk to her first. So she always wakes up and then I have to go shower, go put a baseball hat on and go. It's like a lot of times you don't have time to call. I have a little more accessibility than I did back being a SWAT deputy out of some scene. But it's hard on her.

Chad Chronister: I'm sure it's hard. It's hard on every deputy. It's not just me as a sheriff for me as a SWAT operator, it's every deputy. Every deputy has to kiss their loving family goodbye and say, listen, I'm going to go serve the community. That's tough because you never know what the day or that night has in store for you. So you can't take any day or any moment for granted.

Amanda Granit: I think that experience that you have probably makes you that much more of a better sheriff because you're able to relate to the people who are on the street or on SWAT or doing those calls, working those holidays, going through all of that because you've been through it.

Chad Chronister: Absolutely. I can immediately myself in anyone's shoes because a lot of the assignments, almost all of them here, I've done it. I don't say that in being arrogant. I say it just knowing I understand where they're coming from so I can empathize with them and I think that helps me be a better sheriff to the members here at the office.

Amanda Granit: Kind of almost goes into our next question. Your advice for deputies in their families.

Chad Chronister: As far as?

Amanda Granit: As far as coming into the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office, it's a transition. It's a different kind of career that is going to have different kinds of demands. 

Chad Chronister: Yeah, there's a lot of sacrifice that comes with being an employee at the sheriff's office. Your family sacrifices, the employee sacrifices. But on the other end of the scale, there's no career that is more rewarding because you're always changing someone's life. You're modifying their direction or directory of their course of their life.

Chad Chronister: There's nothing more gratifying knowing that you help somebody. From pushing a car, from changing a tire, to giving a hug, to showing someone a car to being one of our detention deputies who help inmates every day inside our detention facilities or our civilians who deal with the public.

Chad Chronister: We're a service industry. We provide a service to the community and there's nothing more rewarding. I think that knowing that not only do you provide a service, but you're making a difference by providing a service. I think that's why people love to work at the sheriff's office, but they have to know it comes with a lot of dedicated sacrifice.

Amanda Granit: After all of those years and all of that hard work you finally got the tap to take the big office. What was it like when you heard that you were going to be appointed to the next sheriff?

Chad Chronister: I about fell out of the chair. Even when the sheriff and chief called and said we have to talk to you. I was assigned as the colonel and I was out somewhere and I'm like, well I know they're not mad at me. I didn't do anything wrong.

Amanda Granit: You're hoping.

Chad Chronister: We go back to our childhood selves. Like why would the bosses, why would our parents want to talk to us? So they said come down, we need to talk to you at the office. He sat me down and told me what their intentions were. In talking with the governor.

Chad Chronister: There's 4,000 employees here and every single one is capable of making a difference here at the office. So, to answer your question, to be the person to hey listen, we want you to carry our legacy forward, change everything, make it better.

Chad Chronister: I think one of the most humbling things I've ever heard, and he was probably the most humble sheriff I've ever met was Sheriff Gee. He said, listen two things. He goes, every sheriff has done it better than the sheriff before. Promise me you'll be that sheriff. I said I promise Sheriff Gee.

Chad Chronister: He goes, number two, he goes promise me you'll change everything and make it better. I said, yes sir, I promise you. He goes, you're not going to hurt my feelings. Go change everything.

Amanda Granit: That's great.

Chad Chronister: To be armed with that confidence. You know, sky's the limit on what you can accomplish because you never want to let the sheriff down. Hey, I owe you everything. I never want to hurt your feelings. He was just the opposite. He couldn't have been more humbling, couldn't have been just talk about a big injection of confidence. After my meeting with them, I was extremely on cloud nine.

Amanda Granit: He was there at your swearing in alongside your wife and your son and your mother. I went back and watched that and I could tell that it was just a moment that was emotional for you. Do you remember back on that?

Chad Chronister: I'm getting emotional just sitting there reflecting back. It was, you sacrifice so much at any level of commander supervision or just any job you work here. So, knowing that I and again I hate to say this. Being a small kid from small town Pennsylvania, I don't think anyone had high aspirations for Chad Chronister.

Chad Chronister: To be able to be the sheriff now of an agency that I've just dedicated my life to and so proud to be able to represent the 4,000 employees here, it was emotional. So to be able to share that with my wife and show my son that listen, if you're willing to work hard and hard enough and sacrifice whatever it takes to be what you want to be in life, you can do it. So to know that I was that role model to my son.

Chad Chronister: My wife couldn't have been more proud. You see her- 

Amanda Granit: She's beaming in that.

Chad Chronister: She's everywhere with me. This has been a job for her. She doesn't get paid  for it. She does it for free and she's

Amanda Granit: One hundred and a half.

Chad Chronister: One hundred and a half. She's everywhere with me as much as she can.  There's a lot of times when it's date day and it's bouncing around 11 events during the day and being out at night. That's just her selfless sacrificing commitment to the Hillsborough County as well.

Chad Chronister: So, to know that I had my family there, the sheriff was there. Knowing some of my command staff that we were already moving into place was there to share this with me. It was probably one of the biggest emotional events in my life. 

Amanda Granit: One of the things that we're going to do here with Keeping It 100 is take community questions. So I have some of those who have been sent into us. Some people have some unusual names, so I apologize if I get your handle wrong at all. But [NYnedefraaff 00:25:38] says she's excited to work hard and become part of Team HCSO one day. She asks about any tips that you could give her for standing out in the hiring process.

Chad Chronister: Be yourself. We're looking for individuals, not because your education, not because of your community service. There's no one thing. What we're looking for is people who have a passion for service. We're going to teach you how to be a police officer. That's not a problem. You're going to have the best education you can get.

Chad Chronister: We have some of the most incredible instructors in the country right here in Tampa, Florida. So it's just being yourself. Number one, stay out of trouble.

Amanda Granit: Yes.

Chad Chronister: But number two is just being yourself. I think what gets people in trouble is when they come in and they try to tell the recruiters all the way to the oral board to anyone else during the polygraph, when they try to say what they think we want to hear instead of what we need to hear. It's be yourself.

Chad Chronister: Be completely honest. Be yourself. We're not looking for anyone perfect because there is no perfect person. Usually the perfect person is the flawed person. Come in and be yourself. If I had to give some advice is be yourself. We want to know who you are so we're hiring the right individual that fits the culture of the office. Be yourself.

Amanda Granit: What a great attitude that she has that she's already excited to work hard and become part of team HCSO. That's what it takes, working hard. 

Chad Chronister: We hire a lot of individuals like that. Like I said, there's not the individual that comes here comes hey I need a paycheck or I need a steady check. It's people like her who want to make a difference. That's what makes it exciting. We'll hold a spot for you.

Amanda Granit: www.Joinhcso.com

Chad Chronister: Yes, please.

Amanda Granit: We actually got this next question and our final question from several people on our Instagram page and it's a simple one for you. What's your favorite part about being a sheriff?

Chad Chronister: Probably the people that I meet. That's a two-fold answer. Number one, the great people that I get to meet. I'm out in the community, I meet so many individuals, hear their stories, get to know them. That's probably one of the best parts. The second part is making a difference.

Chad Chronister: Whether it's making a difference with our employees or making a difference out in the community. I've never had a platform in my life where you could truly affect some change.

Chad Chronister: So, the best part is when you change something, modify something, do something, and you see that it's for the betterment of the community or betterment of the employees, there's nothing more gratifying. It's by far the best part of the job.

Amanda Granit: That's great. Well you guys, we are just getting started with Keeping It 100. Coming up on our second episode we're going to have Chief Deputy Donna Lusczynski. She's going to be joined by the sheriff. They're going to talk about the challenges that they first had when they took over HCSO, all of the things they wanted to change with the blessing of the sheriff before them.

Amanda Granit: Then also the things and goals that they have for looking into 2020 and the future of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. So thanks for joining us for Episode One. We did it sheriff.

Chad Chronister: That's it. This wasn't bad. It's painless.

Amanda Granit: All right, see you guys next time.

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