Mayor Greg Nickels says he tried to talk his police chief, Gil Kerlikowske into staying in
Seattle. In the end, Nickels said, he believes Kerlikowske wanted to serve in a more policymaking position.

Kerlikowske was introduced in Washington, D.C. Wednesday as President Obama's choice as head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, putting him in position to become the nation's so-called drug czar.

Nickels told a Seattle news conference that he will announce an interim police chief Monday, then begin a national search for a replacement.

As for finding a permanent replacement, the mayor said he will look for "the best talent out there.

"At the end of the day, it wouldn't surprise me if the best talent out there is from inside the department," Nickels said.

Kerlikowske, 59, has led the Seattle Police Department for more than eight years.