Former Lewiston police Chief Brian O’Malley is sworn into his new role as deputy city administrator Thursday by Deputy City Clerk Kelly Brooks. Submitted photo

LEWISTON — Former Lewiston police Chief Brian O’Malley was appointed the city’s new deputy administrator Tuesday, according to a statement released by the city Friday.

He had been serving as the interim deputy since July.

According to the statement, O’Malley will work with all city elected officials and staff, serving as freedom of information officer, chief labor relations negotiator, overseer of special events process and supervise the director of diversity, equity and inclusion.

In the statement, City Administrator Heather Hunter said, “Brian brings an in-depth public safety background, union experience, and strategic leadership qualities to the administration team.”

Lt. David St. Pierre will continue as interim police chief as the city initiates a search for a new chief.

O’Malley joined the Lewiston Police Department 31 years ago, beginning as a patrol officer and moving to detective, sergeant, deputy chief and then chief in 2017. According to the statement, during his career with the department, he implemented a crisis support team, expanded training on the use of force, equity, and diversity, and was involved with contract negotiations as both a union member and as a department head.

He also launched the City Spirit Program in 2018, a Department of Justice Program that brings together diverse community leaders, city and county officials, law enforcement, ministerial figures, and other community leadership to identify and analyze issues impacting the community and to work together toward solutions.

In the statement released by the city, O’Malley said, “I look forward to serving the city of Lewiston and its residents in this new capacity as Lewiston moves forward with vision and opportunities for all.”

O’Malley also thanked the officers and staff of the Lewiston Police Department. “I want to thank all of you for your dedication and hard work for the city. I leave the department with the knowledge that the officers and civilian employees of the Lewiston Police Department are an outstanding staff and provide the highest quality of service.  It has been a privilege to serve as your chief.”

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