Getting to Know Columbia's New Police Chief

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The new Columbia Police Chief was announced in front of a packed crowd at the Columbia Police Department headquarters.

William "Skip" Holbrook will take over the police department that has been without a permanent chief since April 2013.

As he took the podium, he got emotional about coming back to the Carolinas with his wife and children.

"This is a dream for us and this will be our home, we are so happy to be here," said Holbrook.

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Holbrook is a graduate of the FBI Academy and has an MBA from Pfeiffer University and Bachelor of Arts from Marshall University.

He served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. He also Worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He is currently the Chief for the Huntington West Virginia Police Department.

"I pride myself in being a cop. I will never ask anyone under my command to do anything I have not done or am not willing to do," said Holbrook.

City Manager Teresa Wilson says she is confident Holbrook is the right person for the job.

"Through Chief Holbrook's guidance, we will begin a new era of integrity and strong leadership," said Wilson.

Holbrook plans to create a 90 day action plan to address immediate concerns, but will ultimately put a 5 year strategic plan in place.

"My job is to lead this police department and be a police officer. It is not to get caught up in other things that are not connected to the department," said Holbrook.

Holbrook will make an annual salary of $121,500 and also receive a benefits package. His swearing-in ceremony is set for April 11, 2014.


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