04/16/2015 03:31 EDT | Updated 06/30/2015 09:59 EDT

Adam Palmer named new Vancouver Police Chief, takes over from Jim Chu

Vancouver Police Board have appointed Deputy Chief Constable Adam Palmer to take over after Chief Constable Jim Chu retires.

Palmer, a 28-year veteran of the force, was the unanimous choice, according to the board. The decision was made easier after his running mate, Dep. Chief Doug LePard stepped down and offered his support to Palmer.

"We are confident that Chief Constable Adam Palmer will continue the progress of his predecessor Chief Constable Jim Chu, striving to make Vancouver the safest major city in Canada and further enhancing the reputation of the VPD as an excellent police service," Board chair Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement Thursday.

Chu said he looked forward to a smooth transition, and thanked LePard for "putting the interests of the VPD first."

A formal handover date is yet to be announced.

Chu announced his decision to retire in January, prompting a Canada-wide search for his replacement.