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San Jose Could Name New Police Chief By Next Month

SAN JOSE (AP) -- A new police chief for California's third-largest city could be named as early as next month as open-government advocates call for San Jose officials release the job candidates' names.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California says the public should hear from finalists for the job, citing budget pressures on the police department and what the ACLU calls "distrust" between some parts of the community and police.

San Jose city manager Debra Figone told the San Jose Mercury News that confidentiality prevents her from naming any of the top candidates.

The search for a new chief was prompted by the retirement of Chief Rob Davis in November. The department in recent years has faced accusations of excessive force even as crime has remained low for a city of nearly 1 million.

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