Six candidates, including two Kingman police captains, remain from 54 applicants for the position of Kingman's next police chief.
Chief Larry Butler will retire June 6.
Kingman Human Resource Director Jackie Walker, Kingman City Manager Roger Swenson, Butler and three Kingman police employees reviewed the 54 applicants from 28 states, whittling the list to seven candidates.
With one candidate withdrawing, six candidates remain.
The candidates will be interviewed by a panel of community members and two city council members and a panel of city department directors.
The six candidates are scheduled for interviews Tuesday and April 16, and a decision is expected by the middle of the following week.
Butler and Swenson will conduct the final interviews.
"The Chief of Police is one of the most important and visible positions in the community," Swenson said.
"Finding a replacement for Chief Butler is not going to be easy so we want to be sure to do it right."
Swenson said the department has had six police chiefs during the past 51 years.
Butler has been chief since 1996 following a stint on the Kingman City Council.
The six candidates are:
Kingman police Capt.
Tim Mosby, who has been with the department 25 years with a total of 26 years of law enforcement experience.
Kingman police Larry McGill, who has been with the department 16 years and has 25 years of law enforcement experience.
Robert Aguilera of Gilbert, who retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel after 29 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
David Mullin, who has been Globe police chief for the past two years and has 25 years of law enforcement experience.
Holland, Mich., police Capt.
Robert DeVries, who has been with the that department for 26 years.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., police Chief Paul Welch, who has been with the department for five years and has 16 years of law enforcement experience.