After a year long search Columbia officially swore in the city's new Police Chief Skip Holbrook.

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After a year long search Columbia officially swore in the city's new Police Chief Skip Holbrook.

"I've been overwhelmed by the kindness and the warm welcome that I have received from complete strangers," Holbrook said.

Most would call it a ceremony, but it was nothing short of a celebration

Columbia officially has a new chief in town.

"This is where I need to be and we have a lot of work ahead," Holbrook said.

Holbrook took the oath with his wife while his family, friends and many in the community watched on.

"The reception by the community solidifies for me the decision that I made. They have been most gracious and welcoming of Chief Holbrook and his family" Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson said.

As he starts the job, Holbrook says he's encouraged by those wanting to help him tackle the work.

"I turned my email on and as soon as I turned it on I had 86 emails," He said. "Most of them were from community stakeholders that wanted some time to talk about what they want, their vision for their communities, so it's really important that engagement occur."

It's no secret that a dark cloud has been hanging over the city's police department for quite some time, but Holbrook says there's a new chapter to be written.

"We won't be looking back and focusing on the sins of the past, we're going to take steps to ensure they never happen again," Holbrook said.

And with over 130,000 people he's now responsible for, the residents are his priority.

"They want their police department to be successful in everything that we do," Holbrook said. "Between that encouragement and what I have found thus far with the police department, with the personnel, it's a terrific foundation to build upon."

Chief Holbrook will formally starts his duties on Monday.

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