Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia officials say they're still on track to get a new police chief for the city by March.
City Manager Teresa Wilson updated the search effort to city council members on Tuesday.
So far, 50 people have applied to be the new chief. Of those, 28 have met the city's qualifications for the position. Six of the applicants are current police chiefs.
A search committee tasked with selecting a new chief is meeting this Friday to begin the evaluation process of the candidates. An offer is expected to be given by February, with the goal to have the new chief in office by the start of March.
Columbia has been without a permanent chief since Randy Scott resigned last April. Ruben Santiago has been serving in the role on an interim basis, and is one of the applicants for the job.