By JM Copeland
Holly Hill City Manager James McCroskey announced March 5 that Capt. Stephen Aldrich would assume the position of Chief of Police for the city when Chief Mark Barker retires on March 28.
"The selection of a new chief was something that I took very seriously, and I believe Capt. Aldrich has the experience, character and leadership skills to meet the challenge. As a 22-year veteran, he is clearly committed to our citizens and to keeping public safety a priority," Mr. McCroskey said, in a press release.
Capt. Aldrich is not new to the city; he began his career with the Holly Hill Police Department in 1992.
Since that time, he has been assigned to and later commanded, every operational component of the department. In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the department's Criminal Investigations Division. From 2005 to 2008, Capt. Aldrich supervised the Special Response Team with responsibility for the management and oversight of crime suppression and non-traditional problem-solving initiatives in the city's Redevelopment Area.
In 2008, he was promoted to captain, most recently serving as commander of the Administrative Services Division, which includes the department's Criminal Investigations Unit, Records Section, and the Property and Evidence function.
Since 2001, Capt. Aldrich has served with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, where he is currently assigned as a Senior Sniper.
Capt. Aldrich earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University and is currently seeking a Master of Science in Public Administration. In addition, he is a 2009 graduate of the 238th Session of the FBI National Academy.
During his career, Capt. Aldrich has received a number of professional honors and awards for his service to the community, including the 1994 Officer of the Year Award, 2009 City of Holly Hill Employee of the Year Award, two Meritorious Service Awards and official commendations.