Chief Matt Torigian's policing career has spanned 29 years. (Matthew Kang/CBC)

The Waterloo Police Services Board has started the search for the region's next police chief. 

"We really want an individual who is an established police leader in the province, or in Canada for that matter," said board chair and regional councillor Tom Galloway. 

The board met Wednesday to determine what they are looking for in a candidate and plan to seek both external and internal applicants. The board will be working with the Region of Waterloo's human resources department to fill the position and hope to have all applications submitted by May 31, according to Galloway.

"It's a fairly ambitious objective but it precedes the chief's departure by about a week and in that interim period of time we will be able to determine who would lead the organization on an interim basis possibly for as long as three or five months," said Galloway.  

The board will name an interim chief to take over for current chief Matt Torigian by June 4. Whoever fills the interim post cannot be considered for the job long-term.

The successful candidate for chief needs to have similar policing values to the service, with a focus on community policing, said Galloway. 

"We'll be looking at someone who is inclined to used technology as much as possible and who has some idea in terms of the sustainability of police delivery, particularly from a financial point of view," he said.  

Police Chief Matt Torigian will officially leave his post on June 8. There will be a public retirement party the first week of June to celebrate his 29-year career in policing, including seven years as the region's chief of police.