The City of Alexandria will have a new chief of police next week.
City Manager Mark Jink announced Monday that Michael L. Brown will become the city's police chief effective January 23.
Brown will succeed David Huchler, who has been serving as acting chief since Police Chief Earl Cook's retirement in October.
Brown spent the majority of his career working in law enforcement in California. He rose through the ranks of the California Highway Patrol after becoming an officer in 1977. From 2004 until 2008, Brown served as a state commissioner.
In 2010, he moved to Alexandria, where he served as director of the Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Chief Brown’s remarkable career has put him at the forefront of neighborhood protection, community policing, traffic safety, strategic planning, and other areas of concern here and around the country,” said Jinks
His wife, Kirsten Knapp, is an Alexandria sheriff's deputy.
The public is invited to meet Brown at a welcome reception at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the Vola Lawson lobby of City Hall.