(ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Ithaca Mayor Laura Lewis announced on Tuesday, May 9th that Lt. Ted Schwartz has been named acting chief of the Ithaca Police Department effective immediately. According to a release issued by the City the appointment is expected to last until the search for a permanent chief is finished. 

"Lt. Schwartz’s long and distinguished service with the IPD ideally situates him to fill this role, and I am deeply grateful to him for doing so,” said Lewis in a prepared statement. 

According to the City the search firm contracted by Ithaca posted the official recruitment announcement of the permanent position earlier this week. In the meantime Schwartz said he is looking forward to leading the department during a time of need. 

"In the interim, I will be examining different avenues to support the great officers currently at IPD as well as continuing our ongoing recruitment of the best candidates for our vacant police officer positions in partnership with the City Administration," said Schwartz in a prepared statement. 

A native of Ithaca, Schwartz was hired by the Ithaca Police Department in 2011. During his time as Operations Sergeant he oversaw the training division for IPD, K9 Program, Fleet, and Special Event Details.

He was then promoted to Lieutenant and supervised the midnight Patrol Platoon until he being re-assigned to Lieutenant of Investigations in March of 2020.

“This appointment is a crucial and concrete step towards maintaining IPD’s operational integrity and the safety of the public that will allow for a smooth transition to a permanent Chief," said Lewis.