Dennis Haworth was born in
Porterville, California in 1973 to Elvin and Kay Haworth. The family lived
in the Chowchilla area until 1976 before moving to southern Oregon. They
returned to Chowchilla in 1981 and resumed farming. During his high school
years, Dennis became an Explorer with the Madera County Sheriff’s Department
sparking a career in law enforcement. He graduated from Chowchilla Union
High School in 1992.
While attending Fresno State
where he obtained his Bachelors of Science degree, Dennis became a reserve
deputy sheriff for Madera County and a volunteer fire fighter with Madera
County Engine 2 based out of the City of Chowchilla. In 1997, Dennis worked
for the Madera County Probation Department as a Juvenile Detention Officer.
Later that same year he was hired as a full-time Deputy Sheriff with Madera
County. During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, he worked as a patrol
deputy in every community in Madera County. In 1999, Dennis became one of
the first detectives with the Agricultural Crimes Unit. He served on this
multi-county taskforce for nearly six years. In 2005, Dennis became a
founding officer with the University of California Merced Police Department.
This gave him the unique opportunity to help create a state
agency from the ground up.
Dennis and his wife Debra
purchased a house in Chowchilla in 1997 and have lived here ever since. They
now have two children, Dillon and Zoe. Dennis is a certified NRA firearms
instructor and enjoys teaching shooting sports. He is a staff advisor for
the Sports Shooting Club at U.C. Merced where he instructs and mentors
Dennis was first elected to the Chowchilla City Council in
November 2008. In November 2012 he was elected to a second term
on the Council and was selected to serve as Mayor for 2013. This
past November 2016, Dennis was elected to serve his third term
that will expire in December 2020.