Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Even presidents get sinkholes: One has formed at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

    Bizarre News

    Even presidential mansions are susceptible to sinkholes — especially if they're in Florida.

    A sinkhole has formed in front of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in south Florida.
  2. Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin do the iconic lift scene in the remake of Dirty Dancing on ABC.
  3. Goodbye Tampa Bay Express, hello Tampa Bay Next; but toll lanes aren't going anywhere


    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Express is dead.

    But it's replacement — Tampa Bay Next — will likely include many of the same projects, including express toll lanes on the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge.

    The Florida Department of Transportation on Monday announced that it was renaming its Tampa Bay Express plan, also known as TBX. The plan will now be known as Tampa Bay Next, or TBN. DOT officials say there are still re-evaluating the most controversial aspect of the old TBX plan: spend $6 billion to add 90 miles of toll roads to bay area highways - Interstates 4,75 and 275 - that are currently free of tolls. But TBN will keep the plan to add express toll lanes to the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge. [Florida Department of Transportation]
  4. Trigaux: Tampa Bay lands on Forbes 2017 ranking of best places for young professionals

    Working Life

    Consider this one more notch in the belt of Tampa Bay starting to win serious attention from millennials as place to live and build a career.

    Mike Griffin is a senior managing director in Tampa for Savills Studley Occupier Services, which provides integrated real estate services. He is also chairman for 2017 of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the first of the next generation of leadership emerging in this metro market. [Courtesy of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce]
  5. Column: Trump beat Bush, Rubio but has become an 'establishment sellout'


    NYT’s Ross Douthat's Sunday column: Donald Trump, Establishment Sellout