Sheriff Charles “Doc” Holladay announced this week that he’ll seek re-election for a fifth term running as a Democrat.
“For forty-three years, I have served the citizens of Pulaski County in a law enforcement capacity. I intend to continue this service with integrity, if I am afforded the opportunity,” Holladay said.
Holladay’s chief deputy is Maumelle resident Mike Lowery, also a retired Little Rock police Captain and former Assistant Chief of that department
Holladay retired from the Little Rock Police Department and was given the nickname Doc by his first training officer, Johnny Gravett, the older brother of former trooper and County Sheriff Carroll Gravett.
“The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is the largest and finest sheriff’s department in the state,” he said in a release. “My staff and I are committed to providing professional, effective and efficient service to the citizens of this county and state. … I pledge to continue to work with the County Judge, Quorum Court and local Mayors to ensure the jail meets the needs of law enforcement agencies within the county. We have been successful in developing the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office because of our dedicated and loyal employees. I will continue to provide leadership that you and they can be assured will benefit the law-abiding citizens of Pulaski County.”
Holladay holds an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and various law enforcement specific programs.
Holladay is also the author of the book “History of the Little Rock Police Department.”
In 2008 he was selected as Arkansas’ “Sheriff of the Year” by the state Fraternal Order of Police.
A lifelong resident of Pulaski County, Holladay and, his wife of 44 years, Deborah, are the parents of three grown children. They are members of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church where he serves as Church Clerk. He also serves on the Boards of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Family Services Agency, International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen, Just Communities of Arkansas and was recently reappointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to serve on the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. He is a member of the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council and is on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock show.