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Exclusive: Fire and Police Commission Chairman discusses next step for selecting police chief

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The power to pick Milwaukee's new chief is in the hands of the Fire and Police Commission and it looks like internal candidates will be considered.

The FPD is dealing with an unprecedented moment after the chief leaves midterm after a decade on the job. But, this group of Fire and Police Commissioners say if anyone is qualified and ready to handle the process, it's them.

"As the track record shows, we've tried to be very dependent and transparent as possible to the people. We are taking our charge very seriously," said Steven DeVougas, Chairman of Fire and Police Commission.

They have a lot of decisions to make in a short amount of time since Flynn leaves on February 16.

On Thursday, The Commission will meet at 4 p.m. and they want to have the process sketched out that they will deliver to the community and solicit applications.

Internal candidates with a rank of Captain or higher will be considered for the interim position. Whether the interim will finish Flynn's contract time of two years or get a new four-year contract still has to be decided.

I think Chief Flynn is leaving a very good legacy. The next Chief that we have that gets a four-year term, I want to make sure the process is open to the community, make sure we have someone that shares the approach we want to go in which is a problem-oriented policing approach," said DeVougas.

As for Flynn, they say his transition team is handling his departure. They will put together a report which the FPC will likely look at during Thursday's meeting. 

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