OGDEN -- A new Ogden police chief likely will be in place before the month is out.
Mayor Mike Caldwell said Wednesday the application period for the job has closed and the city received 31 applications.
Caldwell said that by Friday, the city will likely cut the field of candidates to four and make a final decision approximately 10 days later.
"We're hoping to have someone in place by the middle of February," Caldwell said.
While the city won't divulge the names of the applicants, the current field of candidates includes a mixture of people from inside the Ogden Police Department and outside police agencies.
Caldwell said an independent committee of law enfworcement experts has been formed to review the candidates and make a recommendation to the administration.
Caldwell said the committee is made up of "people who have had many years of experience" in law enforcement, specifically in Weber County.
When the field is narrowed to four, Caldwell said, the city likely will release the names of the finalists.
"We realize this is something that a lot of people in our community will be interested in," he said.
The police chief opening comes after former Chief Jon Greiner was fired in December 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.