COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Columbia will wait for two state investigations to finish before continuing with its search for a new police chief.

Councilwoman Leona Plaugh told The State newspaper that it will be hard to get the best candidates to apply until the State Law Enforcement Division's investigations into corruption allegations and the handling of a petty cash account are complete.

Plaugh says City Council decided to wait after meeting last week.

Council members will have input into the selection of a new police chief, but City Manager Teresa Wilson will make the final decision.

In the meantime, Interim Chief Ruben Santiago will continue to run the department.

One of the SLED investigations is into his conduct, but he has denied any wrongdoing.

City officials promise a national search as soon as the SLED investigations are finished.