The Alexandria Police Department has a new deputy chief.

David Huchler, who has served with the department for nearly 21 years, started his new position on Nov. 24. He replaces Hassan Aden, who recently left to become the police chief in Greenville, N.C.

"I'm very excited about this new challenge," Huchler told The Washington Examiner, adding that he is looking forward to working with the department's officers and civilian staff, community members and other city agencies.

Huchler said that his goals as deputy chief are to ensure that the city continues to see a reduction in crime and to continue to train police officers.

In his new position, he is overseeing the Alexandria Police Department's Patrol Operations Bureau, working with officers who are on the front lines and regularly interact with community members.

"To help those officers be successful is a very rewarding part of my job," Huchler said.

Prior to becoming deputy chief, he commanded the Traffic, Special Events and Parking Division. From November 2011 to May 2012, he had a fellowship at the Police Foundation, learning how research about policing can help departments.