MOUNTAIN VIEW -- The search for Mountain View's new police chief ended in the department's own backyard.

Max Bosel, a 19-year Mountain View Police Department veteran, has been appointed to succeed outgoing Police Chief Scott S.G. Vermeer, City Manager Dan Rich announced Friday. Bosel will officially take the helm on Aug. 4 and be paid a salary of $242,000.

Bosel joined the Mountain View force in 1995 as an officer and rose to the rank of captain. He began his career in law enforcement in 1989 with Millbrae police.

Bosel has led all three divisions of the Mountain View department and served as interim deputy police chief while Vermeer oversaw the fire department, according to a city news release. Vermeer is leaving to take an executive position with a private security firm.

Bosel holds a master's degree in public administration from Notre Dame de Namur University and a bachelor of arts degree in management from Saint Mary's College of California.

"It is an honor to have been selected to serve as the next police chief for the city of Mountain View," Bosel said. "I look forward to leading your police department as we continue our commitment to earning your trust and support as we strive to uphold our city's values of treating people with respect, acting with integrity and providing exceptional service while fulfilling our community's expectation for a safe Mountain View."

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