The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board has named a new interim chief of police.

Stephen Beckett, a deputy chief of the Waterloo Regional Police Service in charge of systems and innovation has been named to the force's top job, until a replacement can be found for the outgoing chief, Matt Torigian. 

Torigian announced his retirement in April, after accepting the job of Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Beckett is a 34-year veteran of the force and has served the community in a number of policing roles, according to a release issued by the force Wednesday. 

The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board is currently seeking candidates to replace Torigian permanently. 

Applications for the force's top position closed on May 31, 2014.