The Stockton Police Department has selected a new chief of police, the first Black and 50th person to hold the position in the department’s 172-year history, officials said.

Stanley McFadden was selected for the position April 27, according to officials. He is currently the San Jose Police Department’s deputy chief of field operations.

Stanley McFadden will become Stockton’s chief of police on June 1. (Photo courtesy of San Jose Police Department)

McFadden was chosen at the conclusion of a national search process including surveys with the Stockton community and police department, interviews with community leaders, and a town hall meeting with each candidate.

He has over 29 years of experience in law enforcement and held specialized assignments at the San Jose department including its field training unit, violent crimes enforcement team, and its gang investigations unit.

McFadden also served as a member of the San Jose department’s homicide/crime scene unit as both an officer and sergeant, and held numerous other positions with the department.

As a lieutenant, he served as the department’s academy director, training unit commander and commander of the internal affairs unit. He was assigned as the Central Division captain before being promoted to deputy chief of field operations.

McFadden has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from California Coast University. His first day in his new position will be June 1.