SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose’s city manager said Monday she has appointed a deputy chief of the San Jose Police Department to serve as interim head after outgoing Chief Chris Moore retires this week.

Deputy Chief Larry Esquivel will take over as chief temporarily as the city of San Jose considers candidates to replace Moore, a search that “will take a few months,” according to City Manager Debra Figone.

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“Regarding the current search for our next chief, we are continuing our efforts in earnest,” Figone said in a prepared statement.

Esquivel, promoted to deputy chief overseeing the department’s Bureau of Field Operations in February 2011, started his career with the department as a reserve officer in 1984 and was hired as a police officer in 1986, Figone said.

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He has served in the patrol, narcotics enforcement, special operations-MERGE, investigations and internal affairs units, Figone said.

Prior to becoming deputy chief, Esquivel rose to the rank of captain in 2010, commanded the department’s Foothill Division and became acting deputy chief assigned to the Bureau of Investigations in August 2011, Figone said.

Esquivel is one of four deputy police chiefs in the department, according to San Jose Police Department’s website.

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