OGDEN -- Ogden has extended the deadline for applications for the vacant chief of police position.
The new deadline is Tuesday, one week later than the original cutoff date of Jan. 17.
Ogden's Human Resources Department had received 20 applications as of Wednesday.
While the city won't divulge any names, the field includes a mixture of candidates from inside the Ogden Police Department and outside police agencies.
Mayor Mike Caldwell said the city decided to extend the application period partly because of the Jan. 4 shooting that resulted in the death of Ogden Officer Jared Francom and the wounding of five other members of the Weber-Morgan Strike Force.
Caldwell said an independent committee of law enforcement experts will be formed to review the candidates and make a recommendation to the administration.
"We are trying to get as much information as we can before we make a decision," Caldwell said. "There are a lot of qualified people out there. Ultimately, our goal is to find the best person for the community."
The police chief opening comes after former Chief Jon Greiner was fired last month because of a federal Hatch Act violation involving federal grants and his candidacy and service as a state senator.
The police chief job will pay between $90,919 and $123,008 per year.
Deputy Chief Wayne Tarwater is currently serving as interim chief.
Applications and resumes will be accepted at the Ogden City Human Resources Office, 2549 Washington Blvd., Suite 220, Ogden, 84401, or at www.ogdencity.com until 5 p.m. on the Jan. 24 deadline.