Major Chris Baumann started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He was born and raised in Tampa and has resided in Hillsborough County his entire life. He is married and has one son.
Major Baumann has served as a deputy, FTO, narcotics detective, and Internal Affairs detective. Before being transferred to the Forensic and Support Services Division as the Division Commander, Major Baumann has held supervisory positions in Patrol Districts I, II, III & IV, the Homicide Section, Jail Division III, the Special Investigations Division and the Court Operations Division. In 2007, he was awarded the HCSO Silver Cross Award and was named the Florida Narcotics Officer of the Year after being shot in the line of duty.
Major Baumann has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Leo University and a Master's of Science in Criminology from the University of Louisville. He completed the Southern Police Institute’s Police Executive Leadership Program and Administrative Officers Course and is also an FAA licensed pilot.