Capt. Roger R. Zgolak, a veteran of 32 years in the North Tonawanda Police Department, was appointed police chief Tuesday by Mayor Arthur G. Pappas.
Zgolak replaces the retiring chief, William R. Hall, as of Thursday morning.
"I've worked my entire career in the uniformed patrol division," said Zgolak, 57, who joined the force in 1985.
He was promoted to lieutenant in 1998 and since 2002 has been the captain in charge of the patrol division.
Zgolak was one of three officers on the civil service list for police chief, all of whom were interviewed by the mayor.
Zgolak's salary will be $117,900 a year.