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The city of Stockton has begun looking nationwide for its next police chief and launched a survey to gather community input for the recruitment process.

Former Police Chief Eric Jones retired after 29 years with the department, including nine years as its chief.

The city said the survey will help gather information from residents about the expectations, needs and characteristics a candidate should have in order to lead the Stockton Police Department.

“The rigor of this process is extremely important,” City Manager Harry Black said. “Over the next few weeks, we will engage the community in an open and honest conversation about our search for the next Stockton Police Chief.”

According to the city’s recruitment brochure, the department wants candidates to be reform-minded leaders, have top-notch communication skills and a commitment to transparency.

The survey can be found online, as well as a copy of the recruitment brochure.