President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Joseph Kipchirchir Boinett for the position of Inspector-General of Police.
Mr Boinett is the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Principal Intelligence Officer.
The nomination follows the resignation of David Kimaiyo earlier in December. On Wednesday, President Kenyatta appointed Mr Kimaiyo as the chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority
Mr Boinett is a career policeman who joined the intelligence service in 1998, the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) said in a statement on Wednesday.
He has two master's degrees, one in security management (Australia) and the other in diplomacy from the United States.
The National Assembly is expected to approve Mr Boinett's nomination before he is appointed to the position.
In the meantime, Deputy Inspector-General Samuel Arachi is expected to act as the IG pending Boinett's approval, State House said.