And, for months - even before that announcement - George Hamilton's name has been on the tip of most tongues.
He will take charge of the PSNI at the end of this month knowing that good policing needs good politics.
Not political interference in operational decisions, but rather a relationship on Stormont's hill that sets an example and filters down to the ground.
For too long the atmosphere has been toxic, sour, poisoned by political plays and street pantomime.
Last October, I listened as Hamilton spoke at a reconciliation event and described the difficulty of delivering personal policing dressed in boiler suits and from behind shields.
That has been the street reality for many, many months - a consequence of flag and marching disputes.
And, we have watched in different places as the police have built human walls between parade and protest.
"We want to work with communities," Hamilton said at that reconciliation event hosted by the Sanctus Boscus group in Holywood.
"We want to listen to communities. We want to be sensitive to where communities are at and we certainly don't want to be an obstacle to progress," he said.
Republicans and loyalists were in the audience, clergy, others who work in policing, peace-building, academia and community projects.
The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of the IRA Shankill bomb on October 23 1993 - a reminder of where this place once was, but also of the progress on the journey since.
Hamilton spoke to an audience that included Seanna Walsh, who read the IRA endgame statement in 2005, and a former loyalist life sentence prisoner John Howcroft.
Both were freed early under the release terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
And what do these events and conversations tell us?
That policing is not just about 'cops'.
It's about people and politics and dialogue - about talking and finding a way out of the past and into the present; about making new beginnings a reality.
And Hamilton knows the importance of those conversations - and that the police need to have the pulse of the many communities and moods.
His appointment as the next Chief Constable was announced this day last week with news that he will be in post by the end of this month coming earlier today.
It is a sensible decision.
People get confused by two Chief Constables in the one service - even if one is in waiting.
It is a huge job and challenge.
How, as part of a wider process, to take the past out of policing, free the information that people are looking for along with the answers others want from the IRA, loyalists, Army and intelligence.
The police can't deliver that without help.
Politicians can, but then they need to step back and let the proposed Historical Investigations Unit and Independent Commission on Information Retrieval get on with their work.
That can't be restricted within any party-political straitjacket.
Narratives and story lines will be disturbed.
But you can't have new policing that day after day is poisoned by the past.
The leading Queen's academic Professor Kieran McEvoy told a recent event that the structure is there - but the will is not.
That's one of the gaps for politicians to close.
And, some how and in some way, the marching rows need to be taken off the street.
That means getting an agreed decision-making process and then agreeing with the decisions whatever they are.
We'll see another big-numbers policing operation in north Belfast this weekend, a consequence and a confirmation of continuing standoff and stalemate.
The dissident republican threat to officers and others is also part of an unfinished peace, and not all the answers will come from policing, security and intelligence.
Communities and politicians have to be part of addressing that threat.
So, in the top policing post here, George Hamilton will have a contribution to make, but new beginnings aren't just about the police.
Good Policing needs Good Politics.