Mayor Gary Christenson and Police Commissioner Salvatore Gennetti named Lt. Kevin Molis as the city's next police chief Wednesday.
Molis is a highly visible member of the department, often acting as the institution's official face at Christenson's monthly public safety meetings.
Some readers may remember his stint as the school resource officer at Malden High School. Molis was one of the state's first community police officers assigned to a full-time patrol at a suburban high school, and was the subject of an Associated Press feature in 1995.
Earlier this week, the selection panel consisting of School Superintendent David DeRuosi, Human Resources Director Eleanor Cushing, City Council President Neal Anderson, City Councillor Barbara Murphy and four community members submitted their recommendations to the Mayor and Commissioner.
Lt. Molis stood out to the panel because of his years of experience and his strong “hands on” community presence, a press release from the mayor's office read.
Molis was not immediately available for comment.