South Daytona, FL - A man who has been a part of the South Daytona Police Department since 1997 is the new Chief. Captain Mark Cheatham, now Chief Cheatham, was selected after a nationwide search.
The search was narrowed to six finalists. Cheatham had the edge with his more than 20 year career with the Department. He had worked with former Police Chief Ron Wright until he stepped down from his position amidst a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.
Cheatham was the acting police chief for South Daytona until former Port Orange police chief Gerald Monahan took over as the interim. Among the finalists, Cheatham "brings a wealth of institutional and city knowledge along with a strong resume that will serve the City well," according to a press release.
City Manager Les Gillis said Cheatham will make an excellent leader for the Department. “Captain Cheatham’s professionalism and commitment to our City served him well during the interview process,” Gillis said. “He is an outstanding, community-oriented law enforcement officer who brings a high level of service to our residents.”
Cheatham officially takes command of the Police Department effective June 17, 2019.