COSTA MESA — The applicant pool for Costa Mesa's next police chief has been winnowed to 13 candidates, the city's chief executive said Thursday.
Candidates faced a "grueling process" of interviews with a professional committee consisting of chiefs from other departments, a panel of community members and an internal panel of officers, city Chief Executive Tom Hatch said.
Three members are on each committee. A new chief may be chosen by mid-August, Hatch said.
Each panel will come up with its recommendation for a candidate based on its interviews and will make recommendations to him, Hatch said.