Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak announced that Mentor Police Captain Kevin Knight will succeed Police Chief Daniel Llewellyn when he retires in January.
"I am confident that Knight's vision for the police department, his leadership style and his ethical standards coincide with the vision and standards of this department, the administration, City Council and our residents," Filipiak said in a statement.
Knight will be sworn in as chief on Jan. 4 and take office Jan. 5.
"I've worked with Kevin Knight for more than 25 years and I have all faith and confidence in him as a law enforcement official," Llewellyn said. "He'll maintain the professionalism of this police department and move forward."
Llewellyn added that he supported Knight's selection as the next Mentor police chief "100 percent."
Knight lives in Mentor and joined the Mentor Police Department in 1982. He has been a captain since 2008.
He received his bachelor's degree in the administration of justice from Rockhurst College. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2005.
Knight has served as operational commander, support services commander, administrative commander and detective bureau commander for the Mentor Police Department, as well as the acting police chief when necessary.
Knight was names a Blue Coat of the Year by the Knights of Columbus Council 4801 in 2006.
He is married to Susan Knight. They have three children and are members of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church.