South Portland police Officer Brian McCarthy has been selected as the city’s officer of the year.

Chief Edward Googins announced the selection today and said that McCarthy will be recognized by the City Council at tonight’s meeting.

Chosen by the lieutenants and sergeants from the officers of the month for 2009, McCarthy was praised for his enthusiasm on the night shift, his command presence and excellent communications skills.

He will receive two days off with pay as well as a plaque and pin.