These are the 3 finalists for Birmingham’s new police chief

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The search for the next Birmingham, Ala. police chief has been narrowed down to three finalists the city announced on Sunday.

The search for the Magic City’s new police chief began back in February with the city collecting applications from Feb. 1 to March 9. More than 50 candidates – both locally and across the nation – applied for the position.

Those applicants were winnowed down to 11 finalists were invited to take part in an assessment process on March 19. There, participants were asked to handle a series of realistic leadership situations. Once those candidates completed the assessment process, a detailed review of their performance was conducted and the three finalists were selected.

Mayor Randall Woodfin is in the processing of interviewing the finalists this week.

The finalists

  • Malik Aziz: currently a division commander with the Dallas Police Department. He has more than 28 years law enforcement experience.
  • Henry Irby III: currently a deputy chief with the Birmingham Police Department. He has more than 32 years law enforcement experience.
  • Patrick D. Smith: currently a police commander with the Los Angeles Police Department. Has more than 27 years law enforcement experience.
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