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Longtime Pulaski County sheriff Doc Holladay retiring


For the past 47 years, Doc Holladay has begun every day the same way.


By Clara Turnage
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

For the past 47 years, Doc Holladay has begun every day the same way.

Before stepping out of the door each day, Holladay said he reaches over to kiss his wife goodbye. And each day Deborah Holladay tells him the same thing: "May God bless you and protect you, and I love you."

Deborah Holladay asked God to protect her husband in 1971, on his first day as a police officer with the Little Rock Police Department, and she will again on Dec. 31, his last day as sheriff of Pulaski County.

Holladay announced that he would not run for re-election early this year, months before former Little Rock Assistant Police Chief Eric Higgins won the vote to replace him. On Dec. 31, Holladay will walk into his office as a sheriff and out again as a citizen.

"Every sheriff when they leave wants to be able to say 'The department is better now than when I took over,'" Holladay said. "I believe I can say that."

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