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Police Chief Holbrook Finalist for Columbia, S.C. Position
"I remain committed to conducting a fair and transparent process that is open, engaging and inclusive. The collaborative efforts of our Search Committee and Community Stakeholders have been vital to this national search and I'm especially grateful for their time, diligence and dedication. Thanks to them, we have an amazing slate of candidates to consider. This position is critical to the future of our Capital City and one that I don't take lightly. I have no doubt that my decision will be difficult, but I will certainly use every ounce of information available to make the right choice for our citizens and communities," City Manager Teresa Wilson stated.
The five candidates that will participate in the assessment process include:
- Tony Fisher
- William Holbrook
- Bryan Norwood
- Charles Rapp
- Gregory Reese
A significant part of the process will include a public forum that will provide an opportunity for citizens to meet the candidates and submit questions for them to answer. The Police Chief Search Public Forum will be held at City Hall (Chambers), 1737 Main Street, on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. During the forum, candidates will respond to questions that have been submitted by citizens. Any citizen who would like to submit a question can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Gardner Johnson, Department of Human Resources, 1225 Lady Street, Columbia SC 29201. All questions must be received by February 17, 2014. Citizens are asked to submit one question per person.
The other segments of the assessment process will be held in executive session and will not be open to the public.
Here is the summary of Police Chief William Holbrook from the Columbia, S.C. website:
Chief Holbrook is currently Chief of Police for the Huntington, West Virginia Police Department, where he manages 111 sworn and 15 civilian forces and a $12 million dollar annual budget. As Chief of the Huntington Police Department, he established a Digital Forensics Unit, as well as Information Technology and Crime Analysis Offices. Under his direction and leadership, overall reported crime reached a 27-year low. Chief Holbrook has served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. He has also worked for the Charlotte Police Department as a Police Officer/Detective. Chief Holbrook has been awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the West Virginia Association of Justice and District Agent of the Year by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. He has also received the Medal of Merit for his work with the Charlotte Police Department. Chief Holbrook is a graduate of the FBI Academy and has an MBA from Pfeiffer University and BA from Marshall University.