Kevin Molis has served as Malden's acting police chief since March, but the job was officially made his Monday.
Molis, 55, previously a lieutenant, was sworn in as Malden's police chief on Monday. Molis was appointed acting chief by Mayor Gary Christenson in late March, when Doug Perrigo, a former police captain serving as acting chief, retired. Perrigo had led the department since February, when former Chief James Holland turned 65, the mandatory retirement age for Massachusetts police officers.
Mollis has worked for the Malden Police Department for 33 years, previously serving as a resource officer in Malden schools, and most recently leading a group of plainclothes officers that monitors the city's crime hotspots.
He was selected as Malden's new chief following a review by a mayor-appointed panel that began meeting late last year. Molis was sworn in at a ceremony at Malden Government Center Monday afternoon.