Editor's note: This removes Councilman Jim Righeimer because he did not help the other three men. This also corrects what the men did in Chief Executive Tom Hatch's office. This also adds Councilman Steve Mensinger's indirect quote that city funds were not used.
At least two Costa Mesa police officers are vying to become the next chief of police.
Both Capt. Les Gogerty, who acted as interim chief from November to March, and Sgt. Tim Starn, who heads the police helicopter program, confirmed they will apply for the top spot.
Gogerty stepped down as interim chief last month, saying that leading the department, his field operations division and then-Capt. Ron Smith's division was spreading him too thin. For about the last six months the police department had been operating with two of its highest ranking officers, Smith and then-chief Chris Shawkey, on administrative leave. Gogerty had to fill the void on top of his regular duties.