COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Columbia has decided the city's deputy chief of police will run the department, following what the outgoing chief hopes is his temporary retirement.

Ruben Santiago was named interim police chief Monday. He will fill in for Chief Randy Scott, who said in a letter released Saturday that he would retire from the police department effective Jan. 1, then reapply for the job.

Scott has been chief since 2010. He says the decision was based on changes to the South Carolina Police Retirement System that limit financial earnings for all retirees, starting with the new year.

Earlier this year, Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins retired and was reinstated.

Under legislative rules, Scott must take a minimum 15-day leave of absence before seeking to get his job back.

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