Waco City Council confirms Holt as police chief

Posted at 5:55 PM, Dec 20, 2016
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:35-04

On Tuesday, the Waco City Council voted unanimously to confirm Ryan Holt as the next police chief of Waco. 

Last week, Waco City Manager Dale Fisseler recommended Assistant Chief Ryan Holt to the position of Police Chief at Waco PD. 

The recommendation was voted on at the City Council meeting Tuesday. 

During the meeting, Holt thanked his family and told the city council the department will continue to work as a team to serve the community, under his leadership.

"We have a fantastic group of men and women who work for the Waco Police Department, 247 strong of courageous folks that get out there every day and serve the citizens of Waco to the best of their ability. We have  got tremendous support from our citizens," Holt said. "We are going to continue to build that trust and that relationship so it is a fantastic time to be part of the Waco Police Department."

The previous police chief, Brent Stroman, retired in July after 39 years of service to the Waco Police Department. 

Ryan Holt began his career with Waco PD, starting as a police officer in 1996. He became Assistant Chief of Police in 2008.

"[My wife and I] came here, first department that hired me and been here ever since," Holt said. "This is home, this is community."

Holt has served different roles at the police department including detective, crisis/hostage negotiator, SWAT supervisor, Special Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, and Public Information Officer.

Holt will start his term on January 8, 2017.

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