Candidate Profile: Hollis Alexander
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
Apr 05, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chief of Police and City Administrator Hollis Alexander, currently running for County-Judge Executive, says his campaign has already been a success.

“I believe, no matter what the vote count is in [May’s primary] or [November’s election],” he said, “I’ve already had a successful campaign in my mind.”

Alexander cited the opportunities he’s had to meet “ so many new people.”

Though it might be a perk of his campaign, it is also a necessity. His opponent in May’s primary, Board of Education member Marc Terrell, already has one successful campaign beneath his belt.

“I don’t feel bothered by that at all,” he said of Terrell’s campaign experience. “I’ve always considered myself to be a people person.”

Neither, said Alexander, is he intimidated by Terrell’s educational background, which includes a Master’s Degree from Murray State.

“I don’t have the same degree and credentials,” said Alexander, a Trigg County High School graduate, “but I do have the experience.”

Alexander cites his background in public service as proof. Currently filling two pairs of shoes for the city, he has been Chief of Police since 1996. Prior to that he served as a Trigg County detective for the Pennyrile Narcotics Taskforce and also as a volunteer firefighter.

“I have always had a desire to serve the public,” he said. It is a desire he’s always fulfilled in Trigg County, he said

“That’s where I’ve always served.”

Alexander — who has three children with his wife Denise — said his parents instilled in him “the urge to help,” and also with qualities like punctuality, dedication and working hard.

“They are the ones who put that first grain in me,” he said.

Asked what would be the biggest issue he’d initially face as County-Judge Executive — should he be successful against Terrell in May and Republican candidate Stan Humphries in November — Alexander said oversight of the new justice center’s construction would “be a big focus.”

So, too, would be relocating the Senior Citizen’s Kitchen from its steep hill downtown and revitalizing recreational programs — which would include a focus on the County Recreation Complex and the American Legion swimming pool.

Beyond revitalization, Alexander said he’d also “like to see a youth center somewhere in Trigg County.” Cautiously likening such a center to a YMCA, Alexander said it would offer more exercise opportunities than soccer and baseball.

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