Greg Jones, New Albany's interim police chief since Mark Chaney retired in March, has been promoted from sergeant to police chief.
Jones was sworn in Oct. 16 during the New Albany City Council meeting.
"This is a dream come true for me personally and I look forward to continuing to serve this great community," Jones said.
Jones is originally from Columbus and has a bachelor's degree in business from Mount Vernon Nazarene College.
He started his career as a police officer in Perry Township and was hired in 1989 by the New Albany Police Department. He was promoted to sergeant three years later.
"I've been a New Albany police officer since 1989 and the only place I ever thought about being a chief was here in New Albany," Jones said.
City Administrator Joseph Stefanov said Jones was chosen because of his character, his "strong interpersonal skills, vision and ability to work collaboratively with other members of the city's senior leadership team" during the seven months he served as interim chief.
"I think Greg and I both came away from this experience with full confidence that he is the person to lead our police department into the future," Stefanov said. "Under his leadership, our police department, which already performs at a high level, will continue to raise its bar of expectations."
Mayor Nancy Ferguson said Jones' peers say he is fair and understanding and listens to both sides of a situation before acting.
"I think everyone who works with him and who works for him know him to be a very kind person who listens to other people and listens to their concerns," Ferguson said. "He gives a lot of thought to trying to improve their situation. He is very patient and very professional, and will be a great chief."
As interim chief, Jones was earning $88,864, which was 7 percent more than his normal salary.
As chief, he will earn $90,026 annually, with the city paying an additional $19,627 in benefits, said city spokesman Scott McAfee.
Chaney was earning $103,113 at his retirement.
McAfee said the city needs to hire a fourth sergeant to replace Jones.
"Now that Greg Jones is the chief, if the sergeant's opening is filled from within, that will create a new officer position," McAfee said. "But it's really too soon to tell at this point."