San Luis Obispo City officials will begin the recruiting process for a new police chief later this month. Former Police Chief Deanna Cantrell accepted a position with the City of Fairfield, leaving her office last month. City officials say Captain Jeff Smith will serve as interim chief while a nationwide search begins in the next couple of weeks. Captain Smith has been with the department since 2003. An online survey is planned to find out what residents would like to see in their next chief of police.