Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has chosen interim police chief George Turner for the permanent job.
Turner, an Atlanta native, joined the city's police department in 1981.
Reed, who appointed Turner interim chief when he took office in January, announced his choice at a news conference on Friday.
The appointment is subject to approval by the city council.
Reed named Turner interim chief when the mayor took office in January.
Former chief Richard Pennington departed when Shirley Franklin left office as mayor.
Turner won out over two other finalists for the permanent job.
He was a deputy chief before he was named interim chief.