Malden Police Lieutenant Kevin Molis has been selected as the city's new police chief, Mayor Gary Christenson said Wednesday.
Molis, 55, and another finalist were interviewed earlier in March by a search panel appointed by Christenson. After reviewing a report from the panel finalized last week, Christenson and Police Commissioner Salvatore Gennetti agreed on Molis as the new chief Wednesday afternoon, Christenson said.
"Ultimately it was Kevin's strong community presence that put him over the top," Christenson said.
Molis has been with the Malden Police Department for 33 years, previously working as a resource officer at Malden High School and most recently has led the city's anti-crime unit, a group of plainclothes officers that monitors the city's crime hot spots, Christenson said. He's also a regular the the city's monthy public safety meetings.
Police Captain Doug Perrigo has served as acting chief since James Holland retired in February. Perrigo retires on Friday, at which point Molis will serve as interim chief until he agrees to a contract with the city, Christenson said.
"Kevin has been within the department for a long time," he said. "It shouldn't be too difficult of a transition."
Molis and the other finalist, who was not identified by Christenson, were both interviewed behind closed doors. Sources close to the search committee said the other finalist was Glenn Cronin, who earlier this month was promoted from lieutenant to captain on the Malden force.
Facing a tight time schedule with Perrigo's departure looming, the city elected not to hold any public interviews for the job.
"We just ran out of time," Christenson said.