Elmer Setting has been named Chief of the New Castle County Police Department after serving as interim chief since November.
Newly elected County Executive Tom Gordon appointed Setting as interim chief, just days after taking office, after the departure of former chief, Scott McLaren.
New Castle County Council unanimously confirmed Setting's appointment Feb. 26 at its bi-weekly council meeting.
Setting is a 24 year veteran of the County Police department, and has held a variety of rolls, including uniformed patrol, public information officer, and Captain.
"He has a proud past and a bright future," said Councilman Bill Bell (D- Middletown). "He is surrounded by an excellent team."
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 president Michael Zielinski said that he was happy with the decision.
"I am proud to say that I'm 100 percent behind the decision that has been made," he said. "We will butt heads, but at the end of the day we will shake hands."
Several members of the County Police force and police chiefs from municipalities across the county attended the ceremony, where Gordon pinned Setting's new rank to his uniform.
"I will honor this badge," Setting said Tuesday night.
Council President Rev. Christopher Bullock said that he is looking forward to a bright future with the County Police Department.