The city has received 31 applications since its April 29 deadline to fill the position left vacant after former police chief L. Rick Richardson was fired in February. A group of law enforcement officials from different agencies is reviewing candidates. Nearly all the applicants are from Georgia, the city manager said.
"The process is going very smoothly, and we should have the final candidates selected within a week," Eckert said. "Backgrounds will be done on the finalists and then a choice will be submitted to the Council for approval."
Eckert said no interviews have been conducted.
According to the city, the police chief is nominated by the city manager and confirmed by the mayor and city council.
The new chief will oversee 30 sworn officers and four civilian employees. The department has an operating budget of roughly $3 million.
Minimum qualifications include at least 10 years of "progressively responsible" law enforcement experience with at least five years in a supervisory role. A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field is required. Candidates must have also completed and maintain state-mandated police officer training certification.
Applicants were required to submit an employment application, a letter of interest, a resume and three professional references.
The current police chief salary is $75,000, but a new salary will depend on education, experience and length of service, Eckert said.
Former chief Richardson was placed on leave in November. He was then fired after allegedly selling city property, including three police vehicles, without authorization.
Cobb Police Maj. Tom Arnold has been serving as interim police chief since early April.