Paul Ryan, the interim chief for the past four months, was announced as the new city of Aitkin chief of police April 5 at the city council meeting.
In an internal hiring process, the City of Aitkin Personnel Committee considered applications from two finalists in the search for a new chief of police.
Mayor Megan Workman said the scores for the two candidates were very close, but Ryan received the nod from the committee.
Ryan has been a police officer for the city of Aitkin for 26 years, was assigned to be the school resource officer for Aitkin School District for 3.5 years, and has been acting as interim chief since the resignation of former chief Timothy Catlin.
Ryan has been assistant chief since 2014.
In announcing the appointment, City Administrator Rose Beverly said, “Paul Ryan has been an exemplary police officer. He is an asset to the city of Aitkin and we are confident that he will make an outstanding chief of police.”