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After a nationwide search, three people were selected as finalists to become Bismarck’s next police chief, according to a statement released today by the city.

Candidates named to progress to the next phase of screenings include Dave Draovitch, deputy chief of the Bismarck Police Department, Philip A. Smith Jr., chief of police in Roswell, N.M., and Gregory Volker, division commander of the Kansas City, MO Police Department.

The candidates are required to complete an accomplishment survey, which will be reviewed by a committee knowledgeable in law enforcement.

The finalists will then continue on to the next phase of the selection process, a general management in-basket exercise designed to assess leadership and management skills.

Candidate interviews will take place with the Bismarck City Commission at 8 a.m. July 20 at a special meeting of the board of commissioners in the City County Building, Tom Baker Room, 221 N. Fifth St., Bismarck.

Eleven applicants met the minimum qualifications for the position of police chief.

For more information, visit www.bismarcknd.gov.

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