The Town of Dumfries named its police chief as its interim manager until officials can find a replacement for former town manager Kim Alexander, town officials said.

Daniel Taber, who joined the Dumfries police department last year, will take over for Alexander, who will be town manager of Culpeper beginning Aug. 15, Dumfries officials said.

“Due to chief Taber’s extensive leadership and law enforcement experience, we are confident that he will be an exceptional fit for the job and will serve the town well in this time of transitional upheaval,” Dumfries Mayor Fred Yohey said.

Taber spent 37 years with the Prince William Police Department, serving as assistant chief for 13 years. Robert Forker, administrative manager for the Dumfries Police Department, will be interim chief while Taber attends to his new job.

“I am excited to continue my service to the town,” Taber said. “Building on the strong foundation of professionalism and governmental responsiveness established by Kim Alexander, I hope to continue to provide quality service.”

Taber has a master’s degree in public administration and is a graduate of the FBI Academy. He has launched numerous community outreach programs while serving as chief and has been recognized with various awards for his service to the community, Dumfries officials said.