Bedfordshire Police Authority has announced the appointment of Alf Hitchcock as the next chief constable of the force.
Mr Hitchcock is currently deputy chief constable at the National College of Police Leadership at the Police Staff College in Bramshill.
He takes over from Gillian Parker who retires at the end of the year.
Mr Hitchcock, who is married with two daughters, started his police career with Lancashire Constabulary in 1977.
Speaking after his appointment, Mr Hitchcock said: "I was particularly keen to be appointed as Bedfordshire is made up of both rural and urban areas, each having its own complexities in terms of the way policing is delivered, which represents a really exciting challenge.
"There are also some really difficult challenges to be tackled in the coming years and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to address these with a force that is so forward thinking and positive about the future."