- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ST. PEERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The police chief in Clearwater has been selected to head St. Petersburg’s police force.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman told city leaders that he has selected Anthony Holloway to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of chief Chuck Harmon.

The mayor is expected to hold a news conference with Holloway on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old has been the police chief in Clearwater for the last four years.

The Clearwater department is about half the size of St. Petersburg’s. Holloway became the city’s first black captain before leaving in 2007 to lead the Somerville Police Department in Massachusetts. In 2010, he returned to Clearwater as chief. Since then, he has updated the agency’s crime-tracking technology and required his officers to have more face-to-face contact with residents.

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