For Immediate Release
Contact: Teresa Hamilton Hall
Roanoke County Public Information Director
Assistant Police Chief Terrell Holbrook to Retire
Chief Howard Hall Names Holbrook’s Successor & Fills Second Assistant Chief Vacancy
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (March 25, 2013) – Longtime Roanoke County Assistant Police Chief Terrell Holbrook will retire effective April 1. Holbrook, Assistant Chief over the Department’s administrative functions, has been employed by Roanoke County for 34 years.
Holbrook began his career with Roanoke County as a Deputy Sheriff in 1979. He quickly moved up the ranks before being named the Department’s Assistant Chief in 1998. Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall says Holbrook’s many contributions will not be forgotten. “Terrell has served this County in an exemplary manner for more than 30 years. His knowledge and dedication will be sorely missed within the Police Department but I'm certain that his service to our community will continue in other capacities,” said Hall. After retiring, Holbrook plans to spend more time with his family and doing volunteer work with his church.
Throughout the years, Chief Holbrook served as a detective in the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and Vice Units. He also served on and commanded the SWAT team. In addition, he was a patrol supervisor and also worked in Professional Standards where he was responsible for writing policy and ensuring that the Police Department was adhering to those same policies and standards. After being named Assistant Chief, Holbrook managed the agency’s operation for five years followed by eight years in the administrative areas of the Department.
Chief Holbrook’s biggest contribution to the community may have been in an area other than law enforcement. For years, he has worked with area mental health professionals to help children who suffer from issues resulting from neglect and abuse. He also manages the Roanoke County Police Foundation, which provides food, diapers and formula, and other essentials for needy families that police officers encounter from time- to- time.
Police Chief Howard Hall has named Lt. Mike Warner to succeed Holbrook. Hall also promoted Lt. Chuck Mason to Assistant Chief – Operations; this position was frozen following the retirement of Assistant Chief Donna Furrow in 2010.
Both Warner and Mason are veteran officers within the Roanoke County Police Department having served as officers, supervisors, and commanders. Lt. Warner got his start with Roanoke County in 1981 when he was hired as a Deputy in the jail. Lt. Mason began his career with Roanoke County as a dispatcher in 1974. Their promotions will be effective on March 30.
Sgt. Kevin Slough and Sgt. Mark Tuck will be promoted to the two Lieutenants spots created by the promotions of Warner and Mason.