PITTSBURG -- After conducting a nationwide search and interviewing 30 qualified candidates, the city has returned home in its choice for police chief.

Brian Addington, a police captain who has climbed up the ranks since joining the department in 1994, will be sworn in next week as police chief, City Manager Joe Sbranti said Friday.

"It's an honor to be selected," said Addington, 40. "Pittsburg is a great community and I have a great deal of love and admiration for the outstanding men and women in this department."

A panel of four interviewers, including two former police chiefs, unanimously chose Addington following a screening and three rounds of questions, Sbranti said.

"Throughout the interview process, his knowledge of the community, his expertise and his ability shined through," Sbranti said.

Addington replaces Aaron Baker, who served as chief for 14 years. Baker retired in 2008, but continued to work as chief on a per diem basis.

Addington says he plans on being in Pittsburg for a long time, saying he won't retire from the department until at least 10 years. He is looking to boost the city's community policing efforts and continue to seek innovative ways to fight crime.

Addington's contract is still under negotiation. The city offered a salary range of $140,724 to $179,600 for the position. Addington's base pay was $170,009 last year.

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