The Chicago Bears' long search for a general manager is over.

For the first time in over 14 years, the Bears have a general manager, naming Jerry Angelo to the position on Tuesday.

Angelo becomes the club's first general manager since Jerry Vainisi was fired after the 1986 season.

Angelo joins the Bears with plenty of knowledge about the NFC Central Division having spent 14 years overseeing Tampa Bay's scouting department as the director of player personnel.

During Angelos' tenure in Tampa Bay, the Bucs went from one of the worst teams in the NFL to among the best.

"We are excited to bring Jerry to the Bears as our new general manager," Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips said

. "He brings a proven football philosophy to our organization with 20 years of NFL experience. He knows our division as well as anyone in the league and has been part of building a football franchise into a perennial playoff contender."

Instead of a general manager calling the shots, the Bears had been operating with a three-pronged leadership model created by former team president Michael McCaskey that featured player personnel vice president Mark Hatley, coach Dick Jauron and finance chief Jim Miller.

Hatley resigned on April 30 with two more years on his contract that, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, paid him $400,000 US per season.

In Hatley's four years, the Bears finished in last place in the Central each season, going a combined 19-45. Chicago went 5-11 in Hatley's last season. Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Angelo served as a regional scout for the New York Giants from 1982-86.