Mike Harden is the new police chief in Modesto.
City Manager Greg Nyhoff removed the "acting" designation from Harden's title today during the mayor's State of the City address.
Harden has been acting chief since June, after Roy Wasden left to become city manager in Turlock.
Harden is a 26-year veteran of the Modesto Police Department. He began his career as a patrol officer and worked his way through the ranks to Assistant Police Chief in 2003.