ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -

Nearly six months after their previous police chief stepped down, commissioners in St. Augustine Beach have chosen a new leader for their police department.

By a unanimous vote Wednesday night, they chose Robert Hardwick. He's currently an assistant chief investigator for the state attorney's office in St. Augustine and handles homicide cases.

Hardwick has been with the state attorney's office since 2003 and has gone through training with the FBI's National Academy Program.

The former chief, Richard Hedges, was suspended in May after allegations of criminal and non-criminal activity. He resigned in June.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement later found no criminal wrongdoing in the case.