Police Chief James Craig today named Vern Malloch, currently a captain in the department, as commander in charge of patrol services.

The commander runs all patrol operations. Craig created the position, which existed in his previous department in Los Angeles, after he arrived a year ago.

The first commander, Michael Sauschuck, was promoted to assistant chief in March.

Malloch now oversees the department’s patrol teams. He has previously run the criminal investigations division and community policing teams.

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