Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt has announced he will retire from law enforcement in August 2018 and not run for re-election.
"As I travel throughout the county, I have been asked by many people whether I intend to seek reelection," Holt said. "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. I have 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.
"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.
"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's law enforcement career has spanned more than 50 years as he previously served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation where he retired as deputy director. He has been with the sheriff's office since 1993 and was elected sheriff of Robertson County in 2010.
"It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be your sheriff," Holt said. "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."
SHERIFF ENDORSES CHIEF DEPUTY
Holt added that he will be supporting Michael Van Dyke in the race to succeed him next year.
"The work is not finished," said 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."
Candidates will be able to file petitions for office beginning next January. The Connection will have complete coverage of all candidates.