Mayor Rick Kriseman to introduce Anthony Holloway as new St. Pete Police Chief at Tuesday press conference

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will announce Anthony Holloway as the new St. Petersburg Police Chief, according to a release provided by his office.

This past weekend saw a flurry of activity related to the search for a new chief, including news first reported here that Kriseman had passed over Assistant Police Chief Melanie Bevan to go outside the selection process Kriseman himself established.

That process, Kriseman says, greatly informed his decision.

“Each finalist had their strengths, but ultimately none fit the criteria to successfully meet the needs of our department and our community,” said Kriseman. “This process brought me clarity and led me to realize what we needed most: someone familiar with us, but not of us.”

“That someone is Chief Anthony Holloway.”

Holloway has been Clearwater Police Chief since 2010, after joining the force as a patrol officer in 1985.

Over nearly three decades of service, Holloway, a Tampa native, performed several roles within the department: Patrol Officer, undercover Vice and Narcotics Detectives, Community Policing Specialist, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, the Support Services Assistant Division Commander and Patrol Division Commander.

Among Holloway’s numerous recognitions include the Kiwanis Club/Joseph F. Cornelius Family Foundation award for Outstanding Police Officer of the Year. That is the highest honor awarded by the Clearwater Police Department.

In 2007, Holloway retired from the Clearwater PD, accepting a new role as police chief. His first job was as Chief of Police with the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, a small community of about four square miles and a population close to 77,500. Holloway oversaw that division until 2010, when he returned to Florida, beating out more than 200 candidates who applied for the Clearwater position.

Clearwater PD is Pinellas County’s third largest law enforcement agency with an annual budget of $37.5 million.

As part of his varied law-enforcement career, Holloway trained a number of governmental, educational and community organizations throughout the state, as well as becoming a consultant and trainer to the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Juvenile Justice, and St. Petersburg College.

In May 2013, the Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. (HEP) named Holloway to its Board of Directors. HEP is one of the largest providers of emergency housing and support services the county.

Holloway, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Business Management and Master’s degree in Business Administration, is married to Clearwater attorney Andra Dreyfus.

Kriseman will be joined on Tuesday by Interim Chief Dave DeKay, Incoming Chief  Holloway, and Council of Neighborhood Associations President Lisa Wheeler-Brown.

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