The St. Petersburg Police department has a new leader.
On Tuesday, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced his decision to have Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway lead the city's department.
“I am pleased have Chief Holloway leading the St. Petersburg Police Department," Kriseman said.
The city has been searching for a new chief since former chief Chuck Harmon retired in January.
"Each finalist had their strengths, but ultimately none fit the criteria to successfully meet the needs of our department and our community," Krisman said. "This process brought me clarity and led me to realize what we needed most: someone familiar with us, but not of us. That someone is Chief Anthony Holloway."
During Tuesoday's announcement, Kriseman was joined by Interim Chief Dave DeKay, incoming Chief Anthony Holloway, and Council of Neighborhood Associations President Lisa Wheeler-Brown.
"I am looking forward to working with the outstanding men and women of the St. Petersburg Police Department,” Holloway said in a statement. "My pledge to this community is to establish a good working relationship with citizens and community leaders from south St. Pete to Tyrone to Gandy, and everywhere in between."
The transition to the new Chief will begin immediately.