New Columbia Police Chief Sworn In

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - William "Skip" Holbrook is now officially the new police chief of the City of Columbia.

Holbrook was sworn in Friday morning at a ceremony at Columbia City Hall.

"I'm honored to be standing in front of you today and honored to be able to serve the people of Columbia," he said after taking the oath.

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He comes to Columbia from Huntington, West Virginia, where's he served as chief for seven years. While in the that position, crime in Huntington has reached a 27-year low. He was picked after an over three-month long search process.

He promised to bring a renewed sense of purpose to the department.

"Transparency and integrity are imperative for ensuring public trust," Holbrook said. "At the Columbia Police Department, there will be a standard of excellence and integrity like never before."

During his career, he worked in law enforcement in North Carolina, including with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.

When he was first introduced as chief last month, Holbrook said outlining goals would be the focus of his job, and he reiterated that idea Friday. He wants to create a 90 day action plan to address some immediate concerns, then will draft a five-year strategic plan.

"Working together, we're going to find lasting solutions, and build a world-class police department, and a world-class city," Holbrook said. "It's time to get to work."


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