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Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 2:50 pm | Updated: 1:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Mesa will hold a second round of interviews this week for a new police chief as the city works to compile a list of finalists this month. The city has now had nearly 80 people apply for the top police job, and 10 of those will have been interviewed as of Wednesday.

Mesa will hold a second round of interviews this week for a new police chief as the city works to compile a list of finalists this month.

The city has now had nearly 80 people apply for the top police job, and 10 of those will have been interviewed as of Wednesday.

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This week’s interviews might not be the last. Unlike most hiring processes Mesa goes through, the city didn’t set a deadline to apply.

“It’s still open until we fill the position,” said Nancy Sorensen, assistant to the city manager. “We always wanted to be open if a great candidate came in.”

Four people are being interviewed Wednesday. Some of the six previously interviewed have been eliminated, Sorensen said. The applicants include Mesa’s three assistant chiefs, though Sorensen said she couldn’t identify who is still in the running.

A panel of six people will interview the candidates and decide who should be considered for further review by City Manager Chris Brady. He expects to name a small number of finalists this month.

The public will get to meet those candidates at a public forum. Also, the city might hold forums with the police department and perhaps another one with other city officials to get more feedback, Sorensen said.

If the top candidate is from another city, Brady might visit that place to further evaluate the candidate by meeting city officials and community members. The new chief could be named in January.

The successful candidate will replace George Gascón, who was hired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2006.

He resigned in July to become San Francisco’s police chief.

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