HUDDERSFIELD police chief Barry South is to head the new Kirklees Division when it is launched next month.
Chief Supt South takes control of the division, which will form when Huddersfield and Dewsbury police divisions merge on April 4.
He has been Huddersfield divisional commander since last March.
Senior management of the new division will be based at Huddersfield police station - and Chief Supt South quashed rumours that a new central headquarters was to be built.
He said: "All these rumours about it are absolute rubbish."
Plans for creating a single Kirklees Division were approved by West Yorkshire Police Authority's Best Value Review Committee last October.
The merger caused some controversy, with opponents saying it would lead to fewer police and fewer police stations.
Some councillors in North Kirklees said people in their wards were worried that they would get a poorer police service than Huddersfield residents.
Some councillors also felt officers would be taken out of communities with which they were familiar.
But Chief Supt South said these concerns were unfounded.
He said: "We are moving towards a system where police officers are working local beats, so that they become visible and familiar to that community.
"We are not going to be swapping and changing people from the one side of the division to the other."
The debate over the merger even led to a crisis at Kirklees Council, when the ruling Liberal Democrat party quit in support of council leader Kath Pinnock in October.
She resigned after receiving a no-confidence vote from Tory and Labour councillors.
They had accused her of giving initial backing for the merger when the idea was first put forward by police chiefs.
She vigorously denied this, but eventually returned to the council leadership with her party.
Despite the problems, Chief Supt South says the merger will be a positive thing.
He said: "There are some concerns and questions about the feasibility of why this has happened.
"But the majority of people have chosen to put these issues behind them and show their support now.
"This is not about change. It is about improving our service. The merger is allowing us to do this.
"Everyone in Kirklees can expect the same level of service, added Chief Supt South.
"The amalgamation is allowing me to remove duplicate posts.
"It is not reducing staff but reducing the number of people doing the same thing.
"I am able to maximise people's workloads, which allows me to release police resources back on to the front line on the street."
The divisional reorganisation means Dewsbury's divisional commander, Supt Marc Callaghan - will leave his post next Monday.
He will join the force's Territorial Operations Department in Wakefield.
Supt Callaghan said: "I have really enjoyed the last 12 months.
"The officers and staff at Dewsbury deliver an excellent service," he added.
Supt Callaghan also thanked the community for its help in tackling crime.
BARRY South was born in Birstall, is married with three young children and lives in Kirklees.
He began his career 19 years ago as a constable on patrol in Dewsbury and Mirfield.
He then joined the CID and was promoted to sergeant in Pudsey before leaving to join the Operations Support Unit in Wakefield.
In 1998 he was promoted to Chief Inspector in Criminal Justice Support. There he headed a £3.5m project to refine the criminal justice system in West Yorkshire.
He moved in 2000 to become Detective Chief Inspector at Millgarth Division in Leeds, and was promoted to Superintendent for Operations there.
In 2002, he transferred to Headquarters Management Support.
In January 2004, he returned to Dewsbury as Divisional Commander.
In March 2004, he succeeded Chief Supt John Holt as Divisional Commander for Huddersfield.