Anthony "Tony" Holloway Named Clearwater Chief of Police
CLEARWATER - Anthony "Tony" Holloway has been named Clearwater's next Chief of Police.
Anthony Holloway started his career in law enforcement as a Clearwater patrol officer in 1986 and rose through the ranks until he retired as a Captain in 2007. Holloway became police chief in Somerville, Mass., a city of 77,000 outside Boston, in 2007.
"Tony Holloway emerged as the best fit from my perspective due to many facets. Since leaving Clearwater to be the Chief in Somerville, Tony has gained more experience in labor relations and implemented successful changes." Said City Manager Bill Horne. "Tony's ability to lead our department was verified by the Somerville department employees, labor union officials, elected officials, and chiefs in neighboring towns. It has been a consistent observation that Tony is approachable but can make difficult decisions when required. He is also a successful change agent."
Tony Holloway will take over as the new Chief of Police late February and will make $119,000 plus benefits. Police Chief Sid Klein will retire Feb. 26, 2010 after 29 years of service as Clearwater's Chief of Police.
More than 100 individuals applied for the Police Chief position. Eleven came to Clearwater for assessments and four returned for second interviews. The extensive interview process involved assessments, one-on-one interviews with Council members, union officials, and police department leadership. The candidates also met with the city's senior management team, media members, and attended a public forum. When the candidates were narrowed to two finalists, two members of the selection committee traveled to the jurisdictions where both are currently Chief of Police.
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