6 new Central Florida sheriffs sworn in to office

Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Marion, Flagler, Lake Counties getting new top cops


ORLANDO, Fla. – A new group of sheriffs was officially sworn in to office Tuesday. 

In Volusia County, Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood officially become the sheriff at an 11 a.m. ceremony. Chitwood replaces long-time Sheriff Ben Johnson, who announced his retirement last year. 

In Marion County, William "Billy" Woods officially became the sheriff of Marion County.  Woods replaces Chris Blair, who was forced to resign as part of a plea deal involving an excessive force case. 

Russell Gibson was sworn in as the sheriff of Osceola County. He takes over for Bob Hansel, who retired after 12 years on the job. Gibson, a retired sheriff's sergeant, won a three-way race for sheriff last November. 

Dennis M. Lemma was sworn in Tuesday morning as the 10th Seminole County sheriff. Lemma has been with the Sheriff's Office since 1992, starting out as a corrections officer.

In Lake County, Peyton Grinnell took over the sheriff's office. Grinnell replaces Gary Borders, who announced his retirement. Grinnell had served as Border's chief deputy. 

In Flagler County, Republican Rick Staly officially takes over for Democrat Jim Manfre. Staly is a former Orange County undersheriff. He moved to Flagler and served as the undersheriff to Manfre. 

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