Beverly Police Captain Chris Negrotti will become acting chief of the department, effective Sept. 13, according to an announcement from Mayor Bill Scanlon.
Current Police Chief Mark Ray is set to retire after serving six years as chief, and 28 years on the force.
"I've enjoyed my time in the department, and certainly as chief of police," Ray said. "It's a unique opportunity where you have the chance to influence the community, and with the members of the department, we've done that over the last six years."
Ray added that during his time as chief, the department has developed a closeness with the community that has led to a drop in crime rates over the last year, and helped to find solutions in neighborhood noise disturbances.
According to the mayor's office, the search for a permanent chief is underway. The City of Beverly will conduct interviews both internally and externally to fill the position. Negrotti will also be candidate for the spot.
Negrotti, who went through the policy academy at the same time as Ray, has worked for the department for 28 years. Promoted to captain three years ago, Negrotti previously served as patrol commander and executive officer of the department.
Until the position is filled, Lt. Bill Terry will serve as acting captain, and Sgt. Phil McCarthy will serve as acting lieutenant.
"We wish departing Chief Ray and his family well, and thank Chief Ray for his faithful service," said a recent statement from Scanlon.