Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt Announces Retirement

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 15:40:17-04

Sheriff Bill Holt has announced he will retire from law enforcement in August 2018.

The Robertson County sheriff said he has decided to not seek reelection next year.

“As I travel throughout the county, I have been asked by many people whether I intend to seek reelection,” said Sheriff Holt. “Through prayer and consultation with my family, now is the right time to officially announce that I will be retiring next year and not running for another term.”

Sheriff Holt added he has been blessed with “an incredible law enforcement career.”

“There have been many accomplishments that I am proud of, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my grandkids,” Sheriff Holt said. “We have accomplished so much in the last seven years at the sheriff’s office. We have cut property crime by more than half, and implemented a Violent Crime Initiative with our fellow law enforcement partners that drastically reduced violent crime across the county. We worked closely with the Robertson County Board of Education to greatly expand our School Resource Officer program to keep our students safe.”

About his time in law enforcement, Sheriff Holt said, “We could not have accomplished so much without our outstanding team of employees, and the cooperation and great working relationships we have had with the Robertson County Commission, and our community whom we serve.”

Holt added that while he has been pleased with the progress, he’s known there’s more work to be done.

“The work is not finished,” said Sheriff Holt. “We must keep things moving in the right direction. To continue on this path we need the right person to be my successor. Michael Van Dyke, my Chief Deputy, has the experience and integrity to do the job, and has been essential to our success during my term. I assure the citizens of Robertson County that I would not be retiring if there wasn’t a candidate with the right qualifications to take my place.”

Holt has been in law enforcement for more than 50 years serving with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation where he retired as Deputy Director.

Since 1993, Holt has been with the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office. He was elected sheriff in 2010.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be your sheriff,” said Sheriff Holt. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and I look forward to finishing out this term strong. I hope to get around and see as many of you as possible to thank you in person.” 

Holt was recently named Sheriff of the Year by the Tennessee Sheriffs' Association for 2017.

For more information on Sheriff Bill Holt and his career, click here.