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Are one of these 10 candidates the next police chief of St. Pete?

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

Resume? Check. Cover letter? Check. Video clip? Now checked,

Count them all for the 10 people applying for the Chief of Police job at the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Mayor Rick Kriseman requested three minute video presentations from the applicants as a way to give citizens a "first look" at the contenders. The city has posted all of them online for public view.

Spokesman Ben Kirby said the field will be narrowed to two or three candidates sometime the week of May 19, with a final selection by mid-June.

In between, the finalists will be summoned for face-to-face interviews and for question-and-answer meetings with police officers, city council members and the public.

The department currently has three assistant police chiefs, one of whom is interim chief but is scheduled to retire in November.

The other two, Luke Williams and Melanie Bevan, have both applied for the chief's position. Nine of the ten videos are "talking heads," with the candidates simply facing the camera and explaining their experience, qualifications and philosophies.

Bevan's video stood out with video production flourishes, such as photos of her interacting with various constituencies and a graphic display of her education, which includes a doctorate.

The police department is the city government's largest component, with a budget that tops $91 million and more than 750 sworn officers and civilian employees.

Former police chief Chuck Harmon retired just as Kriseman took office, creating a vacancy that became a top priority for the new mayor.

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