Huchler, 44, has been with the department for 21 years, most recently as a captain in the traffic, special events and parking division.
He has worked in all four of the department’s bureaus and its office of intelligence and homeland security.
“I’m excited about the new challenge. It’s such a responsibility,” Huchler said. “The patrol operations bureau is really about the men and women of the department.”
Huchler, who grew up in Pennington, N.J., came to Virginia in 1986 to attend George Mason University. He received a master’s in public administration and a bachelor’s in law enforcement from the university. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
He is succeeding Aden, a popular police official who left the force this month after 25 years with the department. Aden is moving his wife and two young sons to Greenville, where he is chief of the city’s 250-member force.