20 years on the force: APD’s Sgt. Danny Holden retires

On July 9, friends, family and colleagues gathered to mark the retirement of Sgt. Danny Holden and celebrate his 20 years with the Asheville Police Department.

Holden has a law enforcement career under his belt that totals nearly 30 years, having come to the APD from the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Department in 1992. In 1999, he began his role as a drug interdiction officer and is especially noted for his work combating drug activity in several roles. He served on multiple drug task forces including the Drug Suppression Unit, Criminal Investigations Drug Unit and the Buncombe County Anti-Crime Task Force and collaborated with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Holden’s skill at drug enforcement made a big impression on the officers around him.

“Our drug unit would not be what it is if not for Danny,” said Capt. Tim Splain. “On the road, the DSU, the BCAT, officers want to be the type of drug agent he is. We are indebted to Danny and his skills.”

The APD and the City of Asheville thank Sgt. Holden for his dedicated service and wish him a happy retirement.