Medway Councillor Mike O'Brien is the new chairman of the Medway Community Safety parternship.
He takes over from Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley, who is taking on a new role for Kent Police as Divisional Commander North Kent & Medway.
"I am delighted to be able to continue the excellent progress made by the Medway Community Partnership,"said Councillor O'Brien, the authority's portfolio holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact.
"The partnership has made significant progress improving the lives of Medway residents by responding to and dealing with the issues they have raised.
"I would like to thank Chief Supertintendent Corbishley for all his hard work. He has been the driving force behind the success of the CSP"
The deputy chair will be Superintendent Rachel Adams, who has just moved to Medway as the District Commander.
"I am very much looking forward to working alongside my partners on the Community Safety Partnership in continuing to make Medway a safe place in which to live and work", said Superintendent Adams, who is one of the most senior female officers in Kent Police.
The Medway Community Safety Partnership was formed in 1998 in response to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 which places a duty on councils, the police and other public agencies to form a crime and disorder partnership to tackle these problems.
The partnership consists of:Medway Council, Kent Police, The Drug and Alcohol Action Team, The Youth Offending Team, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and other key stakeholders.
Its purpose is to develop and rationalise a strategic response to problems; improve and clarify the structures and delivery mechanisms for tackling community safety; provide a co-ordinated approach to addressing community safety issues across the area, and achieve the aims of the Community Safety Plan.
More details about the Medway Community Safety Partnership are available at www.medwaycsp.co.uk