The Bakersfield (CA) Police Department has named Assistant Chief Greg Terry as the new chief for the agency.

According to, Chief Greg Terry is a 23-year veteran of the department, and has been serving as interim chief since Lyle Martin's retirement in December.

The city of Bakersfield made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. City Manager Christian Clegg made the appointment after the Police Department Civil Service Board ranked the three applicants.

The appointment is effective immediately.