Greg Smith will captain Derbyshire for the remainder of the 2010 season after Chris Rogers took the decision to stand down from the position.
Rogers has led the side since midway through the 2008 campaign but is now handing over the reins to Smith, who skippered the Falcons during the recent Friends Provident t20 competition.
Rogers said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as captain of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and there have been some fantastic moments along the way.
“Although I had every intention of captaining the team until the end of the season, both John Morris and I believe it is in the best interests of the Club to give Greg this opportunity.
“I will help him in any way that I can and will continue to act as a senior player and mentor for the younger players in our side as well as continuing to do my best for the team as a batsman.”
Head of Cricket John Morris said: “Chris has done a great job as captain of the team for the past two years and I thank him for his efforts and dedication to the role.
“Having been Vice Captain throughout the current season and experienced the captaincy during the Friends Provident t20 campaign, it is a natural progression that Greg now takes over as Captain.”