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Moose is finalist for Minneapolis chief's job

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Charles Moose, who was chief of the Montgomery County, Md., police department during the Washington, D.C., sniper investigation, is among the finalists to be the next Minneapolis police chief.

Mayor R.T. Rybak on Wednesday named six finalists for the job, including two female deputy chiefs and three black candidates, including Moose.

In addition to Moose, the candidates to succeed Robert Olson as Minneapolis police chief are:

Former Detroit Deputy Chief Herman Curry.

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Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucy Gerold.

Minneapolis Deputy Chief Sharon Lubinski.

Dayton, Ohio, Chief William McManus.

Former Oakland and current Richmond, Calif., Chief Joseph Samuels Jr.

A seventh candidate -- Beloit, Wis., Deputy Chief Charles Tubbs -- was listed originally as a finalist but withdrew for personal reasons.

Rybak and a 21-member citizen advisory committee will interview the finalists this weekend, and the mayor might announce as early as next week his pick to replace Olson, whose term ends next month after nine years in office.

The nominee will have to be confirmed by the city council.

The police department has had an acrimonious relationship with several minority communities in Minneapolis in recent years, particularly with blacks.

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On Dec. 4, a seven-month mediation process between the department and a coalition of minority groups ended with the signing of a lengthy pact on policing issues.

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