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Five things to know about new St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway

Police Chief Tony Holloway’s priorities: getting to know the community and the force.

Police Chief Tony Holloway’s priorities: getting to know the community and the force.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city's new police chief is no stranger to the Tampa Bay area.

Tony Holloway grew up in Hillsborough County. But the 52-year-old, who has led the Clearwater Police Department for the past four years, is probably more familiar to residents in the northern half of Pinellas County.

His challenge now will be to get to know south county. Holloway spoke to the Tampa Bay Times this week and said he plans to talk to everyone in his department to get a feel for how it works and what its problems are. But he also will get out in the community so people can get to know him.

Here are five other things to know about Holloway, who is expected to start in August.

Why he became a cop: Like many community college students, Holloway said he wasn't exactly sure what career path to take. Then he heard the Clearwater Police Department was recruiting, and decided to give it a shot. "Twenty-nine years later …"

What worries him about his new job?: "I'm not worried about anything. My biggest job is to get to know the officers and get to know the community. We're always going to be nervous about certain things. New community, new officers. So, but nervous about anything, no … I'm going to find the right people and put them in the right place."

Family life: Holloway and his wife, Clearwater attorney Andra Dreyfus, have been married for 19 years. They don't have any kids — at least, not any human ones. They have Milton, a rescued Australian cattle dog.

Hobbies: Holloway says he loves watching college football, but doesn't have a favorite team.

His style: At his first official news conference on Tuesday, Holloway was in a suit and tie. But don't expect that look once he officially begins. Holloway is known to be in uniform — and often on the streets with his own cops. That can sometimes be a weakness, Holloway said this week. But it's hard to resist. "I got a great staff here so I have to realize I have to stay at that 30,000-foot ceiling and not go down too many times to that 5,000-foot ceiling. But I'm going to get down there because I want to get dirty like they get dirty."

Five things to know about new St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway 07/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:15am]
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