By the end of next month, Montoursville Borough will have a new police chief.
Patrolman Jeff Gyurina, 42, accepted the job Monday night after being approval by borough council.
Terms of Gyurina's contract, including salary and benefits, are under negotiation, according to borough council.
Gyurina also said he was not aware of the contract terms.
"This was the first step tonight," he said.
Borough Police Chief Daniel C. Strailey is planning to retire.
Gyurina is a 1987 Montoursville High School graduate, 1991 Bloomsburg University graduate and a police academy graduate in 1993.
He was among the county detectives working with former District Attorney Thomas A. Marino from 1994 through 1996.
"We were part of what was known as the Dark Team," he said. "We did a lot of narcotics investigations."
Gyurina will oversee a department consisting of six full and four part-time officers.
"I want to be a working chief," he said. "I want to try to get out into the public as much as I can."
Gyurina said the door also will be open to the public, in a sense, to communicate its needs with the department.
"It is a small town," he said. "I think the best thing is to try to be fair with everybody."
Strailey was not at the meeting to discuss his immediate plans in retirement.
Gyurina takes office Sept. 1.