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Holman earns nod as Lathrop police chief
Lathrop police chief Eric Holman - photo by Photo Contributed
LATHROP – San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore on Tuesday announced the appointment of Sheriff’s Captain Eric Holman as Lathrop’s new police chief.

Holman succeeds Dolores Delgado who was police chief of Lathrop for five years. She left her post a few weeks ago to take on a new assignment back at the Sheriff’s Office.

The city has contracted its police services with the Sheriff’s Office since incorporation in 1989.

Sheriff Moore announced the selection of Holman during an official ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office in French Camp Tuesday and presented Lathrop’s new top cop with the chief’s badge.

Holman is a 28-year veteran of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. He began his law enforcement career at the sheriff’s office in 1981 as a cadet and worked in all divisions within the office. In 1983, he was promoted to Deputy Sheriff working in the Custody Jail and Patrol Divisions.

In June 1984, he graduated from the San Joaquin Delta College with an Associate Arts Degree in Administration of Justice.

In 1991, Holman was assigned to the Investigations Division as a deputy where he worked in the following units: Burglary/Property, Child Abuse/ Sexual Assault, and Robbery/Homicide.

In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant assigned to Patrol Division. He supervised a Patrol Team, Safe/Abatement Unit, Hostage Negotiation Team, Street Crimes Gang Unit, and the Field Training Program.  In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant assigned to the Patrol Division. As a patrol lieutenant, he was assigned as a District Area Commander. He then served as the swing shift patrol watch commander and managed the Field Training Program.

In August 2007, he graduated from Union Institute University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management. In 2008, Holman was promoted to captain and has been assigned to Investigations Division for the past two years. In September 2009, he successfully graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Class Session #238.

The new chief has participated in the California Police and Fire Olympic Games winning five gold medals in the Bench Press weight contest and was recognized as one of the “Strongest Cops in California.”

Holman is a life-long resident of San Joaquin County and is a member of the Mayfair Seventh-day Adventist Church in Stockton. His personal hobbies are playing chess, traveling and lifting weights. He has two adult daughters and is the proud grandfather of a 10-year-old granddaughter.