Captain Glenn Norris has worked for Mexico Beach since 2002.
Tuesday night council members and citizens fought to put Norris in the role after negative light was shed on the department stemming from an investigation.
According to the report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Hall had violated 11 policies during his tenure ranging from truthfulness to official misconduct.
But before Hall could be punished, he retired from his position.
The search for a police chief has been ongoing since October when Hall's retirement went into effect.
The council members reduced the number of applicants to six before Tuesday's council meeting.
However it seemed like everyone's choice was clear.
Several members of the council spoke to Captain Norris' experience and familiarity with the city and its citizens.
Several residents of the city also voiced their approval in favor of the hire.
Captain Norris says if he does get hired he will be honored to continue serving his community.
"It should always be everyone's inspiration to go to the top," said Norris. "I appreciate all the support from the community and the council and if I'm given the chance I'll give it my 110%."
Although the recommendation is informal the City's Manager Chris Hubbard says the promotion should be set in stone by Wednesday morning.