Zmudzinski has been with the department 17 years

The City of Burlington Police and Fire Commission has selected current Lt. Brian Zmudzinski to be the city’s next police chief.

City officials announced the decision Wednesday afternoon.

Zmudzinski is poised to replace Mark Anderson, who has been in the position since 2015 and a member of the department for 27 years.

Zmudzinski, who has been with the department 17 years, will take over as chief on May 21. He was one of two internal candidates interviewed by the commission for the post.

Aside from serving the department for 17 years in various roles, Zmudzinski served in the United States Marine Corps from January 2001 through January 2005 and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004, according to a news release issued by the city.

“I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve as the City of Burlington’s next Police Chief,” he said. “I am proud to work alongside the brave men and women of our department who deserve the most credit and recognition. I want to congratulate and thank Chief Anderson for his leadership and guidance over the years to our department and community.”