Scituate has chosen Lieutenant Detective Michael Stewart as the new police chief. Stewart, who has worked on the force since 1983, will take over for his uncle Brian Stewart, who is retiring after 38 years on the force. Michael Stewart was chosen by Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi after a six-week process consisting of several interview panels and an assessment center review. In a public meeting on Tuesday after the announcement. Vinchesi stressed that Stewart was the most qualified individual and possessed honesty and integrity. Town officials applauded the new appointment. “The town has benefited from your service thus far, you’ve learned an awful lot from the shoes you’re filling with Chief Stewart, and I’m satisfied and pleased,” said Selectman John Danehey. Stewart now is negotiating a contract; the job was posted with an annual salary of $130,000.