GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

East Carolina University has named its new police chief.

According to ECU officials, New Jersey State Police Officer Gerald Lewis, 50, has been hired to fill the position on January 21, 2014.

Lewis worked with the New Jersey State Police for 26 years. He was selected after a nationwide search to fill the position. Lewis has family ties to the town of Hertford in Perquimans County.