Cabinet has nominated Police CEO Angelo Gafà to fill in the post of Police Commissioner, vacated by Lawrence Cutajar in January.
The government said in a statement on Monday that following a public call and the evaluation of applications for the role of Police Commissioner, the Public Service Commission had "unanimously" shortlisted two candidates.
The Cabinet of Ministers decided to nominate Angelo Gafà "as the most qualified candidate". The government did not divulge the name of the second shortlisted candidate.
Gafà, who formerly served within the Armed Forces, worked as an inspector within the police force before moving to the Malta Security Service. In 2016 he became the police force's first CEO.
The government said that for the first time in history, the Police Commissioner will be appointed following a public call and with increased scrutiny, following a hearing by the Parliamentary Committee for Public Appointments.
The process is now more open and transparent, it said.
Who is Angelo Gafà?
Gafà, 41, joined the Police Force in 2003. He was appointed inspector the following year and was assigned investigative and prosecution duties within the Police Economic Crimes Squad, where he served until 2013.
Between June 2013 and December 2016 he served within the Malta Security Service and in 2018 he was promoted to superintendent.
Before his career in the Police Force Gafà was a Second Lieutenant within the AFM. He had placed first upon entry intake of both the armed forces and the Malta police.
Gafà holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Malta and two Master degrees - one of Arts in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Malta and another one of Science in Security and Risk Management from the University of Leicester.
He is a visiting lecturer within the Department for Criminology at the University of Malta’s Faculty for Social Wellbeing.