Temple: Search continues for new police chief

Twelve semi-finalists have been chosen in Temple's search for a new police chief after the departure of Floyd Mitchell in October. (Photo by Chelsea Edwards/file)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Twelve semi-finalists have been chosen in Temple's search for a new police chief after the departure of Floyd Mitchell in October.

The department has been under a microscope since the officer involved shooting on Dec. 2 that left 28 year-old Michael Dean dead.

Officer Carmen DeCruz remains in the Bell County Jail on manslaughter charges.

However, city officials say the incident hasn't impacted its search.

"This incident does not define the Temple police department or the city of Temple we have a lot to offer for anybody who wants to come," city spokeswoman Laurie Simmons said.

"[The applicants] know, obviously, what we've been through and we're prepared to be very open and honest in this process," she said.

Mayor Tim Davis says after the shooting, the city has learned what it needs in its next chief.

"I think most importantly what we need in a in a police chief someone that is a good communicator."

More than 50 people applied for the job, and last month a firm hired by the city narrowed the search down to 12 semi-finalists.

Of them, 11 are men, one is a woman; three are Hispanic, three are African American and six are white.

Five candidates come from Texas, while seven are from out of state.

Simmons says no internal candidates are being considered.

A list of finalists is expected next month.