BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) -- Baton Rouge is one step closer to finding it's new police chief. The deadline to apply for that position 4:30pm Tuesday.
Mayor-President Kip Holden estimates more than 35 people applied for the job, and he's confident that the new police chief could be in that pile of applications. "We're going to have a chance to draw from a talented pool," he says.
The nationwide search began back in November when former police chief, Jeff LeDuff retired. Since then, Charles Mondrick has stepped in to temporarily fill his shoes, but the mayor is looking for a more permanent replacement.
People in the community hope the next chief will be able to crack down on crime in the community. "We need police officers on the streets and in our communities," says resident Larry Dailey.
That's just one of the things he's lookinf for when it comes to filling the position. "I'm looking for consistency," he says. "I'm looking for a man of his word, someone who's going to step in there and take charge, do what he says he's going to do."
Others feel the same way. "Hopefully we'll find one that will help solve problems with crime because we have so much crime, too much," says Wilhelmenia Bailey.
"I want somebody who can get the job done," says resident Irene A. Ricks. "Stop letting people get away with so much crime!"
Mayor Kip Holden has a similar criteria. "I'm looking for someone with a proven record in terms of fighting crime, a proven record in terms of community relations, and one that will not jump in and cause controversy on a police force that has been pretty homogenous," he says.
It's moving forward in the right direction for locals who hope a new chief means a safer future. "I hope that our crime rate will go down so that we can have a better community and go out our doors, lock them, and not come back with something missing from our homes," says Dailey.
The search is still in it's beginning stages. Mayor Holden says there's an extensive process applicants have to through before they'll be narrowed down. You can learn the latest about this story on NBC33 News.