San Jose’s top cop, who’s set to retire after the New Year, has another job lined up with the city of Tracy.
Chief Larry Esquivel will leave the San Jose Police Department after 30 years on the force in January. Weeks later, the San Jose native will replace Tracy’s outgoing chief, Gary Hampton.
“I am certain he will bring the same level of dedication and leadership to the city of Tracy as he did in San Jose,” Tracy City Manager Troy Brown said in a statement.
Esquivel, 53, was one of the top four contenders for the police chief job in Tuscon, Ariz., but he reportedly withdrew his application.
Since joining the SJPD as a reserve officer in 1984, Esquivel has worked in the agency’s patrol, narcotics, special operations, internal affairs, field training and administrative units. In 2013, he succeeded Chief Chris Moore, taking over an understaffed force demoralized by a drawn-out political battle with the city over pension and wage cuts.
Eddie Garcia, San Jose’s assistant police chief, will take over Esquivel’s role on an interim basis next year. It is not known if the city intends to conduct a national search to identify a permanent replacement.