The city of Stockton is encouraging residents to attend a town hall meeting later this month with the finalist candidates for its next police chief.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Bob Hope Theatre at 242 E. Main St. Attendees will be able to meet the candidates and hear more about them.

A nationwide search and survey were launched earlier this year following the retirement of the former Police Chief Eric Jones, who had held the position for nearly a decade and was the city’s 49th police chief in its history, according to city officials.

James Chraska has been acting as interim chief during the city’s process of finding a new chief.

“We are extremely grateful to Interim Chief James Chraska, who has led the department while the city conducts a thorough and robust search and interview process,” said City Manager Harry Black. “Stockton has been fortunate to have a police department that is recognized for its excellence in leadership and an interim chief that has provided continuity during the transition.”