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With promotion comes added responsibility. Chico Mandizha got a full dose of both on Tuesday, Aug. 5, when Sheriff Ben Johnson promoted the 23-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office to the rank of major.
Major Mandizha, 46, becomes one of the Sheriff's Office's three majors, each commanding one of the agency's three operating divisions.
"You've earned this," Sheriff Johnson told Major Mandizha as he handed him his major's badge in front of a large crowd of family and co-workers at the Deputy Stephen Saboda Training Center in Daytona Beach. "You've worked hard for this and I'm very proud for you. Just know that it comes with a lot of responsibility."
Major Mandizha has risen up through the ranks since joining the Sheriff's Office in October 1991, earning promotion to sergeant in 2000, lieutenant in 2004 and captain in 2008.
His assignments have run the gamut, from patrol, motors and judicial services to communications and assistant district commander of the Sheriff's Office's Deltona operations. He has spent the last five years as the executive officer and second-in-command of the agency's Law Enforcement Services Division. Major Mandizha will command the Judicial Services Division, which includes court security, prisoner transport, central records and the civil section.
Among those on hand at Tuesday's promotion ceremony were Major Mandizha's wife and their four children.
Major Mandizha was born in Providence, R.I., but grew up in Kenya before returning to the United States after graduating from high school.
He earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Warner Southern College. Major Mandizha worked for the Daytona Beach Police Department for three years.
Tuesday's promotion was prompted by the impending retirement of Major Rocky Norris, the current Judicial Services Division commander, who will be stepping down Aug. 31 after a 28-year career with the Sheriff's Office.