Captain - Judicial and Juvenile Services Division
Captain, Judicial and Juvenile Services Division
Chris Ball is the Captain of the Judicial and Juvenile Services Division. Chris has been a Citrus County resident since 2004 and was previously from Orange City, Florida in Volusia County. After graduating from DeLand Senior High School in 1991, Chris enlisted in the US Air Force and successfully completed USAF Basic Training and the USAF Law Enforcement Academy at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX in 1992. While serving in the USAF, Chris obtained an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and another in Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force. Upon being honorably discharged in 2002, he immediately enrolled at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree of Applied Arts & Science in Criminal Justice, graduating Summa Cum Laude. In 2011, Chris obtained his Masters of Arts Degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, where he was a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. In the spring of 2015, he graduated as a Dean’s Scholar from the 133rd Administrative Officers Course, Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program at the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute in Kentucky. Recently in 2023, Chris completed the National Public Safety Innovation Academy at Polk State College’s Center for Public Safety.
Chris has over 25 years of law enforcement experience in various law enforcement positions. Prior to joining CCSO, he served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Air Force from 1992 to 2002, where he served as a Patrolman, Protective Services Officer, Physical Security Manager, Military Working Dog Handler (Narcotics/Bomb) and an Enlisted Accessions Recruiter. Chris began his sworn law enforcement career with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy in 2005. During his career with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, he has held the following positions: Patrol Deputy, School Resource Deputy, Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) Detective, Major Crimes Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Major Crimes Sergeant, Patrol Operations Lieutenant (Watch Commander), Criminal Investigations Lieutenant, Field Training (FTO) Coordinator/Watch Commander, East District Lieutenant (City of Inverness Liaison) and West District Lieutenant (City of Crystal River Liaison).
Chris has also served on the CCSO Honor Guard since 2009. In the past, he served as the Advisor for the CCSO Explorer Post #331, the CCSO Sheriff’s Mutual Aid Response Team (SMART) as the Team Leader and the CCSO Mobile Field Force as the Commander. Over the years, Chris has been active in the community through his work coaching the Crystal River High School Junior Varsity and Varsity girls’ volleyball team and Central Citrus Little League baseball. He also volunteered as an assistant Boy Scout leader for Troop #452 for many years, and has participated in CCSO’s Shop with a Cop program since 2005.