Bangor is a step closer to having a new police chief. On Tuesday, City Manager, Catherine Conlow, appointed Mark Hathaway to the position. Hathaway still needs to be confirmed by the Bangor City Council, which is expected to happen on May 13th. Hathaway has been with the Bangor Police Department since 1987 and is currently Interim Deputy Chief of Police. In a press release, Conlow said, ” Mark possesses the broad knowledge, experience, and professionalism the City was searching for to lead the Department. His extensive career in Bangor positions him well to build on the Department’s strengths and to move the Department forward. Those involved with the interview process were impressed with his experience, passion, and accomplishments and those who know and have worked with Mark have been very supportive of his candidacy.”Hathaway is scheduled to formally take over the job on May 14th. “I am truly honored to have been offered the opportunity to serve as Bangor’s 29th police chief. The Department has a strong and proud tradition of providing residents and businesses with outstanding police services. I am looking forward to working with the Department, City Manager and City Council and building upon the efforts of those before me. I am excited about this opportunity and will work very hard to ensure that the Department is ready to accept the challenges ahead,” said Hathaway in a press release. Thirty-eight people applied for the job and four were recently interviewed for the position. Hathaway will take over for Chief Ron Gastia who retired in September 2012.