Acting Police Commissioner, Darren Hine, has been given the top job.
He has been acting in the position for two years after the former commissioner, Jack Johnston, had to stand aside to answer charges in the Supreme Court that he disclosed official secrets. The proceedings were permanently stayed and Mr Johnston resigned after conciliation.
The Premier, David Bartlett, says Cabinet approved the position this afternoon after a rigorous selection process.
It was immediately welcomed by the Police Association, the Greens and the State Opposition.
Mr Hine joined the force as a cadet in 1980 and has served around the State.
• The Premier also announced the appointment of Martin Wallace as the new Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance.
He replaces the retiring Treasury Secretary, Don Challen.
Mr Wallace has been Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the senior economic and financial policy adviser to the Tasmanian Treasurer, David Crean.