The police chief of Huntington, West Virginia, is taking the top job at the Columbia Police Department.
City Manager Teresa Wilson revealed this morning that William Holbrook is her choice to lead the law enforcement agency.
He'll be sworn in on April 11th at a salary of $121,500.
Holbrook was introduced to the community at police department headquarters, and he acknowledged the job will be challenging.
But he has prepared a 90-day strategic plan that he says will be a start to restoring stability and credibility to the police force.
"We're going to empower our employees to find solutions and best practices, create expectations, establish open communication,” Holbrook says. “Views and opinions are valued, and they're going to be expected.”
He says he wants to tackle any “deficiencies” within the department, create relationships with other law enforcement agencies, and shore up operational capacity and organizational preparation.
Holbrook is a graduate of Marshall University in West Virginia, where he studied criminal justice. He also has a master's degree in business administration from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina.
He started his law enforcement career as a police officer in Charlotte in 1987 and also worked for 12 years with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation before joining the Huntington Police Department.