Resident of Tampa for over 20 years, US Air Force veteran, retired Tampa Police Officer and small business owner. Chase attended Everglades University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace/Aviation (magna cum laude).
During the cold war Chase served as a munitions systems specialist, assigned to the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn Air Base West Germany. His next assignment was Hurlburt Field Florida, US Air Force 1st Special Operations Wing. Providing support to the AC-130 gunship squadron during operation(s) Just Cause, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Chase then changed career fields and attended intelligence training at Goodfellow AFB Texas. He was then assigned to the 9th Intelligence Support Squadron at Beale AFB, California with the Air Force U-2 program. While at Beale Chase earned his private pilot certificate VIA the base Aero Club.
After attaining invaluable experience within the intelligence community, he was then assigned to the US Central Command, Macdill AFB, Florida. As an analyst he was responsible for reviewing intelligence at strategic and theater level concerning weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile activity in the region. Coordinated with National Intelligence Agencies and CENTCOM components to maintain databases, maps and analytical reference materials. Prepared briefings, fact papers and intelligence reports for the Commander in Chief, CENTCOM staff and service components.
Chase separated from the Air Force to pursue a career as a professional pilot, while remaining in the Air Force reserves. Shortly after the attack on the nation in September 2001 Chase returned to active duty in his role as a WMD/Ballistic missile analyst at USCENTCOM. This lead to multiple deployments and he was released from active duty in 2003 and returned to his reserve status, this time with the 6th Air Refueling Wing at Macdill AFB. Then as the Superintendent of the 6th Operations Support Squadron, Intelligence. Chase retired from the Air Force reserves as a Master Sergeant.
Chase joined the Tampa Police Department in Feb 2004 and was assigned to various duties over the years, to include Field Training Officer, bicycle patrol and the police aviation unit. While a Tampa police officer, Chase was selected as department wide officer of the month for solving a jewelry store burglary. MPO Harrison also earned a "life saving award" for performing CPR on a jogger who had collapsed in Al Lopez park. He retired from TPD in 2016 as a Master Police Officer (MPO) to pursue yet another career.
He returned to flying commercially by accepting a position as a First Officer with a regional airline.
Chase believes in volunteerism and has served with the Civil Air Patrol as an instructor pilot and
safety officer. He currently serves as a representative with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Team, and also with the Tampa Bay Aviation Association. Additionally, he is an elected member of the board of directors at a youth park in south Hillsborough County. He is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
Chase holds the following Federal Aviation Administration certificates. Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, multi and single engine land, airplane as well as instrument instructor. He has almost 2,000 hours of flight time and has several specific aircraft type ratings.
Chase plans to bring his experience to work for all of the citizens of Hillsborough County. His law enforcement experiences gives him insight to help those he met as a police officer, he has a better understanding of local issues from a 1st hand observation.
He embraces the diversity of the citizen's of Hillsborough County and truly believes in the idea that the Republican Party stands for freedoms of the individual and their pursuit of happiness.
He has plans on enriching Hillsborough County's economy by bringing new aviation related opportunities, creating high paying jobs to the area.
Growth must be better managed with the influx of people to the county. He has plans to lessen the tax burden on the residences of the county and has NO plans to increase taxes, it is all about fairness.
BY BAY NEWS 9 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYPUBLISHED 2:55 AM ET DEC. 01, 2015
Tampa police saved the day after thieves stole a 5-year-old boy’s birthday gift.
Carter Harris’ grandfather got him a Green Machine tricycle for his birthday. Carter’s mother, Brittany Lamere, left the gift in her car to give to her son the next morning.
But thieves stole the car from the driveway overnight.
"We came outside and discovered there was no car. Not only was there no gift, there was no car,” Lamere said.
Tampa police recovered the car, but Carter’s gift was gone.
"I didn’t know how to tell him. I didn’t know what to tell him, because he doesn’t really understand stealing at 5 years old,” Lamere said.
Master Police Officer Chase Harrison, who worked the case, asked his squad to chip in.
"The holidays are nearby and his birthday coincides between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we didn’t want the guy to go without the gift his grandfather was going to give him,” Harrison said.
The next day, the officers came to the house to give the gift to Carter.
"I am just beyond thankful, I can’t tell them thank you enough,” Lamere said. “I feel blessed and warm and glad the police department came together to help the community when something bad like this happens."
Carter is now inspired by the officers who fight crime. He said he wants to be a Power Ranger when he grows up.