WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr

Huntington Chief Of Police Announced As Columbia, S.C. Chief; Committee To Find Replacement Assembled

Reported: Mar. 21, 2014 2:05 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 21, 2014 6:01 PM EDT

News Image

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- It's the end of one chapter for Huntington residents, but the beginning of another.

"Now let's make it real clear. We will never have another Skip Holbrook, nor should we, but we will have somebody who will come in and take us to the level that we know and expect to attain," Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said.

Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook is resigning to take over the Columbia, South Carolina police department next month. Holbrook turned in his resignation to Williams Thursday.

"The advantage that we have is that we know the type of person who we need to attract into Huntington," Williams said.

Holbrook was sworn-in back in 2007 and has spearheaded the fight against ongoing drug problems in Huntington.

"We've got to disrupt the distribution angle of drug trafficking, and I think we've been very successful and very innovative in how we've done that, but we've still got to forge ahead," Holbrook said during a conference call with media Friday morning.

Williams appointed former HPD officer Jim Johnson as interim chief. He's currently a constituents liaison for the mayor's office. Johnson is also part of a ten-member committee to help select a new chief. He and Brandi Jacobs-Jones, director of administration and finance for the City of Huntington, will be ex-officio members.

Other members are:
- Mark Bates, Huntington City Council chairman.
- Kenny Burner, retired West Virginia State Police trooper; deputy director of the Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
- Cathy Burns, president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce.
- Layton Cottrill, general counsel and senior vice president for executive affairs at Marshall University.
- The Rev. Reginald Hill, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.
- Randy Moore, vice president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO; subdistrict director of the United Steelworkers of America.
- Dan O’Hanlon, retired Cabell Circuit Court judge (committee chairman).
- Donna Rumbaugh, president of the Neighborhood Institute of Huntington; owner of Perennial Favorites Greenhouse.
- David Tyson, attorney, Tyson & Tyson Law Firm.
- Joseph L. Williams Jr., chairman and CEO of Basic Supply Company, Inc.; former Huntington mayor.

"We aren't going to settle. We go for the best, we go for world class, or we don't go at all," Williams said.

He acknowledged how far the police department has come under Holbrook's leadership, by saying, "There's a level of dignity, integrity and professionalism that the police department and the manner in which the police department conducts itself, and I think that that's a direct result of the dignity, integrity and professionalism that Chief Holbrook has demonstrated."

That means they've set high standards for his replacement.

"We cannot slip back. We have to continue moving forward, and the search started yesterday," Williams said.

Holbrook said he challenges them to push forward.

"Build on our success, continue to advance the department, always maintain the high standards of ethics, integrity, community engagement and professional conduct, and I have no doubt in my mind that that is exactly what will happen," he said.

Holbrook's last day at HPD is April 7. He'll start his new job April 21.

Williams said they expect to spend a few weeks advertising the position, a few more weeks reviewing applications, then hopefully they can start interviewing candidates. He said the committee will recommend three candidates to him from which to choose, but if he feels like it's not the right fit, they'll start the process over.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Tiersa Davis) -- Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook was formally announced as chief in Columbia, S.C. and a committee has now been assembled to find his replacement.

The city of Columbia hosted an introduction ceremony Friday morning for Holbrook at police headquarters.

In Huntington Friday afternoon, Mayor Steve Williams announced an eight-member citizen committee to help with the search for Holbrook's replacement. The members are Mark Bates, Kenny Burner, Cathy Burns, Layton Cotrill, Reginald Hall, Randy Moore, Dan O'Hanlon, Donna Rumbaugh, David Tyson, Joseph L. Williams Jr., Jim Johnson and Brandi Jacobs-Jones.

Jim Johnson will be interim police chief until the position is filled. Johnson retired from the Huntington Police Department in 2001 and has 29 years of service.

-- Huntington Police Department Photo

Autopsy Backlog Affecting Police Work
Jul. 24, 2014 11:37 PM EDT
A backlog of autopsy reports at the State Medical Examiner's ...
Full News Story and Video

Huntington Council Votes To Hire New Police Officers
Jul. 24, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
Major changes could be coming to the Huntington Police ...
Full News Story and Video

Library Levy Headed Back To Ballot
Jul. 24, 2014 11:22 PM EDT
The Kanawha County Public Library levy will get another ...
Full News Story and Video

News Kanawha Commission Files Petition To Remove Plants From Office
Jul. 24, 2014 11:18 PM EDT
News St. Albans Team Heading To Regionals
Jul. 24, 2014 10:54 PM EDT
News Vigil Held For Gaza Peace; Group Opposes Israeli Policy
Jul. 24, 2014 11:17 PM EDT
News Picnic With The Saints Set For This Weekend At The Greenbrier
Jul. 24, 2014 11:34 PM EDT
News Man Who Shot At Police Sentenced To 35 Years
Jul. 24, 2014 6:30 PM EDT
News Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure Has Ties To Local Youth Sports
Jul. 24, 2014 8:35 PM EDT
News Unhappy "Dirty Girls" File Reports With Wisconsin Better Business Bureau
Jul. 24, 2014 8:46 PM EDT
News Three Face Charges After Woman Claims She Was Robbed With Sawed-Off Shotgun
Jul. 24, 2014 6:32 PM EDT
News Woman Charged With Robbery Headed To Grand Jury
Jul. 24, 2014 8:52 PM EDT
News Kenova Police Implement Drug Task Force
Jul. 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT
News UAW Backs Grimes In Ky. U.S. Senate Race
Jul. 24, 2014 4:56 PM EDT
News Blenko To Host Festival Of Glass Aug. 1-2
Jul. 24, 2014 4:44 PM EDT
News Salvation Army Hosts Luncheon For Volunteers
Jul. 24, 2014 4:28 PM EDT
News One Worker Killed, Two Injured In Suburban Philadelphia Hospital Shooting
Jul. 24, 2014 5:14 PM EDT
News Walkers Welcome At Charleston Distance Run
Jul. 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT
News WV Hot Dog Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Jul. 24, 2014 4:09 PM EDT
News Casey, Mooney Talk Business Policy At Forum
Jul. 24, 2014 7:04 PM EDT
News Suspect In West Side Murder Waives Preliminary Hearing
Jul. 24, 2014 6:50 PM EDT
News U.S. Issues 186 Mining Citations In June
Jul. 24, 2014 3:13 PM EDT
News Deputies Say Juvenile B&E Suspects Arrested Clad In Their Underwear
Jul. 24, 2014 3:30 PM EDT
News Wisconsin Better Business Bureau Issues Warning About Dirty Girl Run
Jul. 24, 2014 3:07 PM EDT
News Free Basketball Camp Concludes At Community Center
Jul. 24, 2014 1:53 PM EDT
News WV Capitol Police Officer Kills Copperhead On Capitol Grounds
Jul. 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT
News MU To Paint The Capital City Green
Jul. 24, 2014 12:32 PM EDT
News New Work Requirement Coming For Healthy People Who Receive Food Stamps
Jul. 24, 2014 1:02 PM EDT
News WV Organizations To Push For Anti-Cancer Vaccines
Jul. 24, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
News Huntington Unveils New Engaging Website For Citizens
Jul. 24, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Ukrainian Prime Minister Resigns
Jul. 24, 2014 11:54 AM EDT
News France's Foreign Minister Says Missing Air Algerie Flight "Probably Crashed"
Jul. 24, 2014 11:02 AM EDT
News More Than 8,000 WV Consumers Receiving Refunds
Jul. 24, 2014 10:46 AM EDT

Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
US issues 186 mining citations in June

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Guilty pleas entered in cockfighting operation

An eastern Kentucky father and son have pleaded guilty to participating in an enterprise that authorities believe was one of the largest cockfighting pits in the country.
Full Story

Ohio News
More tests planned after Ohio concertgoer's death

A coroner's office say further tests and investigation are needed to determine what caused the death of an Ohio concertgoer found at a Lorain County landfill.
Full Story

Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site

Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.