Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stated in his letter addressed to General Ashtari "Given your commitment, competence and good record of service, and on the recommendation of the interior minister, who is also the representative of commander-in-chief for the law enforcement affairs, I appoint you as the head of Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The Leader also appreciated the "effective and unsparing efforts” made by Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam, the out-going police chief.
Ahmadi-Moqaddam was appointed as Iran’s police chief in 2005.
He was in office for a period of 10 years. The Leader renewed his term several times.
Ashtari served as the second-in-command of the Police before his new post.