DETROIT, Mich. (AP) – Rory Gamble has been appointed by members of the United Auto Workers union as its new president.

Gamble will sever the remainder of former President Gary Jones’ term.

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His term runs until the union’s convention in June of 2022.

Jones stepped down last month after being implicated in a widening embezzlement and bribery scandal at the union. He has not been charged with any crimes, but his Detroit-area home was raided by federal authorities last summer.

Gamble, 64, successfully led negotiations this year on a new contract with Ford Motor Co. Before that, he served as director of a regional office near Detroit. He was named acting president when Jones stepped down.

“This wasn’t planned and it is a tall order,” Gamble said in a statement. “I promise one thing, when I retire and turn over this office, we will deliver a clean union on solid footing.”

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The union’s International Executive Board voted for Gamble Thursday at a meeting in Detroit.

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