Anthony "Tony" Holloway
Chief Of Police
Anthony “Tony” Holloway was selected by Mayor Rick Kriseman to lead the St. Petersburg Police Department in August 2014. He oversees all police operations for Florida's fifth largest city, a department with 757 positions (757 sworn and 207 civilian) in three bureaus: Investigative Services, Uniform Services, and Administrative Services
Holloway comes to St. Petersburg from the city of Clearwater, Florida, where he most recently served as Chief of Police from 2010 to July 2014. He started his law enforcement career with Clearwater in 1985 as a Patrol Officer, later serving as a Community Policing Specialist, undercover Vice and Narcotics Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant (Economic Crimes Unit), Support Services Assistant Division Commander, before retiring as the Patrol Division Commander. Chief Holloway left the bay area to serve as Chief of Police in Somerville, Massachusetts from 2007 to 2010. The city of Somerville, near Boston, is home to immigrants from all over the world, making it one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation.
Chief Holloway has received numerous awards including the Clearwater Bar Association Allen L. Moore Memorial Gold Badge (twice), the Joseph F. Cornelius Family Foundation Outstanding Police Officer of the Year (highest honor given by the Clearwater Police Department), the Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the Year, and the Chief’s Unit Citation. He has taught law enforcement to governmental, educational, and community organizations throughout Florida. He was also appointed to the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar in June 2012 and served as consultant/trainer to organizations such as the Department of Juvenile Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, and St. Petersburg College.
Chief Holloway was born in Sulphur Springs, Florida and raised in Tampa, where he graduated from Hillsborough High School. He later attended Eckerd College where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1999 and master’s degree in Business Administration in 2001. In June of 2011, he was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education. Chief Holloway is married to Andra Dreyfus, an attorney in Clearwater.