Plans are beginning to take shape in finding a replacement for Police Chief Ed Nadriczny as Police Commission Chairman Jim Cole requested $22,000 from the Board of Selectmen to hire the search firm BadgeQuest Public Safety Consultants.

At the selectmen meeting on Tuesday, May 7, Cole said the Police Commission will appoint an interim chief on June 22. Previously, Nadriczny had said his last day will be June 28.

Cole said he expects about 70 or 80 people to apply for the position, which is also open to current members of the New Canaan Police Department. He said he expects about 10 to 15 percent of the candidates would not have the correct qualifications and would be removed from consideration immediately. He then said the firm would do light research on the remaining candidates, checking their backgrounds, such as their Facebook pages or college transcripts, which would remove about half of the remaining candidates. The commission and firm would then narrow down the remainder until they got to a handful of final contenders.

"This summer, the top five candidates will be given an assessment test. The panel will be of retired police chiefs from the area," Cole said, explaining that as part of the assessment, candidates would be asked by the panel how they'd react in different scenarios, with their answers graded by the retired chiefs. "It's a really good process, one which we like."

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Cole said the Police Commission intends to have a final candidate by September.