INGLEWOOD, Calif.–The Inglewood City Council appointed interim police Chief Mike Fronterotta as the permanent head of the department, it was announced today.

Fronterotta had been serving as interim police chief since June of last year.

“I’ve known Mark for over 30 years, and his integrity is beyond reproach,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “I was his first supervisor when he went to patrol after graduating from the police academy … and he is one of the brightest and most capable police executives I have worked with in my 40 years of public service.”

Fronterotta, a 31-year veteran of the police department, served as commander of the Office of Patrol Services, and he participated in a restructuring of that office that focused on community collaboration and the use of new technology.

He is a native of Haverhill, Mass., and graduated from Lowell University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

The city council approved his permanent status at its meeting last Wednesday.