James Sarkos has been named acting chief of the Atlantic City Police Department, leading local officials to hope he will soon get the chief job outright.

“I am pleased to announce James Sarkos as Acting Chief of the Atlantic City Police Department,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a written statement. “Throughout his tenure as Interim Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Chief Sarkos has distinguished himself as an exemplary leader of the Atlantic City Police Department and the community he has committed his life to protect.”

Sarkos has been working since October 2020 under the title interim officer-in-charge. Former Chief Henry White retired in September 2020. Read More from Press of Atlantic City.