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Phoenix suburb pares down finalists for police chief to 4

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PHOENIX — The West Valley city of Peoria has narrowed its search for a police chief to four candidates, including its deputy chief.

The Peoria Times reported that department Deputy Chief Benny Pina, Sedona Police Chief David McGill were finalists along with two out-of-state applicants.

Arthur Miller, chief of the South Pasadena, California, police and Richard Bash, who has been second in command of the Columbus, Ohio, police since 2010.

A final round of interviews was set for Tuesday and Wednesday. The list started with 55 applicants.

McGill informed his staff in the northern Arizona city of his finalist status earlier this month.

Red Rock News reported that McGill said if he got the Peoria job he will work closely with City Manager Justin Clifton to find his successor.

The national search has been underway since early May, when Chief Roy Minter announced he would retire.

A month later, Minter was named police chief in Savannah, Georgia.

At the time of Minter’s disclosure, the recruitment process was expected to last up to six months.

A selection could be made in two weeks.

Minter led the department for seven years.

He will start his job in Georgia on Aug. 27.

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