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Fig Authentic: Bill Holdsworth
WHEN HE’S OFF DUTY, Bill Holdsworth experiences Kennett Square like everyone else—enjoying coffee at Philter or dinner in town with his wife Debbie. But when he’s working, Holdsworth sees the town through a unique lens: as Police Chief.
Holdsworth was sworn in to his new position on April 3, but he’s hardly a new face on the force; he’s been around for two decades. A graduate of Unionville High School, Holdsworth ran his own landscaping business before joining the Kennett Square Police full time in 1998.
The difference between Kennett Square twenty years ago and today is “night and day,” according to Holdsworth, citing a decrease in drugs and nuisance crime. Now, he says, “Kennett is a place to be.”
Part of the positive change has come out of the hard work of the Borough office and Historic Kennett Square, he says. The police are also “part of the process,” says Holdsworth, giving credit to the past two Chiefs for developing the Community Policing mentality that has developed a positive relationship between the police and residents.
All this makes Holdsworth happy to come to his job every day. On his days off, you may still see Holdsworth around town. Together, he and Debbie have four children—aged 20, 18, 3, and an infant. And when the weather cooperates, you may find him playing a round of golf at a nearby course. If you spot him, just be sure to keep your golf cart within the posted speed limit.