The Twin Rivers Unified school board voted Tuesday night to hire Steve Martinez as its superintendent.
Martinez has a three-year contract with an annual salary of $215,000.
He will start his new job July 1.
Martinez will replace Superintendent Frank Porter, who retired in June 2012 amid controversy that included an investigation into the district's Police Department.
Many have expressed hope that Martinez can lead the troubled district in a new direction.
Foothill High School Principal Joseph Williams has been interim superintendent during the search for a new leader.
Martinez has been an assistant superintendent most recently at Fresno Unified School District principal, assistant principal, coach and science and math teacher in his 15 years in education, according to his résumé.
He has a doctorate in educational leadership from California State University, Fresno.