UPDATE: New Greenville Police Chief talks community and priorities


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – There’s a new Chief of Police in Greenville.

Tuesday, Greenville City Manager Barbara Lipscomb announced that Mark Holtzman would fill the position.

“Chief Holtzman has a solid reputation as a Police Chief and a strong commitment to leading and partnering in community engagement processes and fostering police legitimacy,” said Lipscomb. “I am pleased that he will be joining the City’s executive team and am looking forward to working with him.”

Holtzman has more than 24 years of law enforcement experience. He’s currently the Chief of Police in Hagerstown, MD. He’s held roles in patrol, narcotics, investigations, and administration. Chief Holtzman also has proven leadership in community-oriented policing, data-driven policing, and community relations.

“I chose to apply for this position based, in part, on Greenville’s location, its growing population and economy, urban police department in a diverse community, the university and its quality of life,” said Holtzman. “I believe I have found that balance of policing and sense of community in Greenville and look forward to working with the members of the Police Department, City management, and the community to continue to improve public safety and the quality of life in Greenville.”

Holtzman holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Public Administration, both from the University of Baltimore. He is also a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

His first day is set for September 21, with a starting salary of $130,000.

Mark Holtzman will be the third person to lead the Greenville Police Department this year. He told WNCT he chose Greenville because it still gives him a chance to make a difference. Chief Holtzman says he wants to bring some of his ideas from Hagerstown to the new job.

He said he wants to bring data driven policing, which he describes as intelligence led policing. Chief Holtzman also wants to bring community oriented policing. He told WNCT he wants to work with the community in a number of ways including meetings, neighborhood groups, non profits, and faith based groups.

Chief Holtzman says the first issue he wants to tackle is violent crime.

“I know the level of violence is a concern for any community and I know it recently took a little up tick in Greenville,” Chief Holtzman said. “I think thats something that we’ll work on, and continue the efforts that are being done out there on the street.”

Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said Chief Holtzman brings, “a very similar model to the previous hire that we made based on community policing, based on predictive modeling, they’ve actually implemented years ago the program that we’re in the process of implementing here in Greenville.”

Chieft Holtzman says he’s had conversations with the former Greenville Police Chief, Hassan Aden, and plans to continue some of his initiatives.

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