Elbert started his career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff in 1971. As a deputy, Elbert didn’t just take reports; he solved cases. And within three years, Elbert was promoted to detective. He then became a sergeant heading up both the Burglary and Homicide Units, where he successfully investigated and assisted in the prosecution of many dangerous criminals. In 1987, the National United Law Enforcement Officers’ Association recognized Ebert as one of the top African American Law Enforcement Officers in the United States.
After 20 years of service with the Sheriff’s Department, Elbert accepted an appointment as an investigator with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, assisting Deputy District Attorneys with various investigations, including homicides. Then in 1997, Elbert was assigned to develop a Welfare Fraud enforcement unit. The unit he created has become a model for other jurisdictions experiencing welfare fraud.
By 2001, Elbert Holman became the first African American in California to become Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s office. His work as Chief Investigator would help lead to the conviction of County Sheriff Baxter Dunn and his fellow conspirators.
In addition to handling some of San Joaquin County’s most notable criminal cases, Ebert also has the distinction of being part of a team of investigators that put many criminals on death row.
Elbert Holman was appointed to the Stockton City Council in 2009 to fill the 1st District seat vacated by Steve Bestolarides, who was elected to the County Board of Supervisors. Twice re-elected, Elbert would eventually serve as Stockton’s Vice Mayor.
A lifelong San Joaquin County resident, Elbert graduated from Edison High School and attended Cal Poly, UOP, and the FBI National Academy. He and his wife Marcia attend the Mayfair Seventh Day Adventist Church in Stockton. Together they have two successful daughters and seven beautiful grandchildren.