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White: Atlanta police chief search down to two finalists


LMPD Police Chief Robert White said he is one of two finalists for the job of Atlanta's next police chief.

White's remarks came during an appearance before the Rotary Club Thursday at the Galt House West.

"And to be honest with you it's probably down to two, possibly three, but more than likely two individuals of which I am one," White said.

City officials in Atlanta would not confirm details that the search had been narrowed from three to two finalists, simply stating the search process would end "soon."

"Mayor Kasim Reed is carefully reviewing and considering the qualifications of the finalists and expects to make a decision soon," Reed spokeswoman Sonji Jacobs Dade wrote by email to Fox 41 News.

White later softened his remarks that he was one of two finalists.

"It's down to two or three. I am one of the three. I had hoped to hear something this week just be patient see what happens," he said.

During an appearance before the Rotary Club, White drew plenty of laughs cracking jokes but got serious when touting the success of the department's anonymous tipline, which he credits with leading to thousands of arrests in his seven-year tenure.

But he added that the country's 22nd largest police department still needs work, especially on issues with officers missing court dates.

He said that issues has not hindered his search for other top brass positions.

An Atlanta blog has hinted that the city's interim chief there will likely be appointed to the position.

If that occurs, White says he has spoke to mayoral candidates Hal Heiner and Greg Fischer about his future.

"My conversation with Fischer... he expressed a great interest. And I would say, I would be interested in that," he said.

White appeared serious about the Atlanta position, but also said if he doesn't get the job, he'll hold off on applying for any more positions until after the mayor's race is decided in November.