The 26-year veteran who had been serving as the Police Departments interim director since October had the "interim" tag taken away Monday as Mayor Carlos Alvarez appointed Loftus to the position permanently.
Loftus replaces former Director Robert Parker, who retired unexpectedly on Oct. 30. Loftus was the assistant director for Investigative Services, overseeing most violent crime investigations before the promotion.
"I am confident that Mr. Loftus will do an excellent job in leading this essential department,'' Alvarez wrote in a statement.. "His interest and passion for public safety will be of great value to the MDPD.''
Published at 2:07 PM EST on Feb 1, 2010 | Updated at 2:15 PM EST on Feb 1, 2010