PORTLAND — Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck announced that Gary Rogers, currently head of the detective bureau, is bring promoted to commander, the third-highest position in the department.

In addition to overseeing the detectives bureau, Rogers has led the Special Reaction team and a patrol team.

“Gary brings the highest ethical and professional standards to the job and I am excited to have him as a part of my executive team,” Sauschuck said.

“Gary’s diverse experience and approachable personality make him a good fit for the position,” Sauschuck said. “Few understand the department and the community as well as he does and both will benefit from his leadership.”

Rogers takes the position left vacant when Sauschuck promoted Vern Malloch to assistant chief. Sauschuck was the commander before Malloch.

Rogers was selected as part of a process that included interviews with city staff, union leadership and community leaders and an assessment panel comprising police chiefs from surrounding communities, including South Portland, Westbrook, Lewiston and representatives of the Maine State Police.