LT. COL. RICHARD HOLDEN SWORN IN AS FIRST BLACK HIGHWAY PATROL HEAD IT IS IN THE BOOK
IT IS IN THE BOOK"PATROL COMMANDER COL. R. W. HOLDEN"
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Seeing fellow Wake County Lawman Lt. Col. Richard Holden sworn in as the first black commander of the state High way Patrol is something that makes Sheriff John Baker, Jr. proud.
Wake's Sheriff John Baker
"I think the governor made an outstanding choice for commander of the Highway Patrol," the first African-American elected as Wake County Sheriff more than 20 years ago, told The Carolinian.
But after 30 years and a stellar career, happen it did last Friday when Governor Jim Hunt announced that Holden will take over the leadership of the scandal-ridden patrol.
Col. Holden was the director of Support Operations of the Highway Patrol in Raleigh, a position he has held since December 1997. He oversaw Administrative Services, Communications and Losistics, Training and Planning, and recently assumed responsibilities of overseeing Internal Affairs.
Commander Holden resides in Cary with his wife, Sandra, who is a teacher at Zebulon Elementary School. They have two children.
RALEIGH'S NEWS AND OBSERVER "TAR HEEL OF THE WEEK" SUNDAY MARCH 28, 1999
"TAR HEEL OF THE WEEK"
SUNDAY MARCH 28, 1999
UP DATE FOR COMMANDER HOLDEN
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