MOUNT VERNON - Mayor Ernie Davis named a new deputy police commissioner today as controversy looms over the department.

Richard Burke, a 21-year veteran of the Mount Vernon police force, was selected for the job more than a week after the mayor fired Commissioner Carl Bell. Burke says his appointment marks the start of a new chapter for the department. He also says he plans to change the public's perception of his officers.

Burke will oversee the department, which is facing an investigation into whether several police officers have ties to street gangs.

Meanwhile, Mayor Davis has yet to pinpoint when he will select a new commissioner.