Mayor Peduto says new Pittsburgh police chief could be announced next week

Mayor Bill Peduto said the search committee he assembled to pick Pittsburgh's next police chief has recommended 11 finalists and a decision could come as early as next week.

Tim McNulty, a spokesman for the mayor, said four of the candidates are internal and seven are from out-of-state.

Pittsburgh has been without a permanent police chief since Nate Harper was forced to resign in February 2013 and later indicted on charges that he failed to file income tax returns and conspired to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the bureau. He later pleaded guilty and is serving a federal prison sentence in Illinois. Since then, former Assistant Chief Regina McDonald, 64, has held the job in an interim capacity, though she is expected to retire after a permanent chief is named.

Mr. Peduto convened a series of public neighborhood meetings this summer and met behind closed doors with officers to solicit input on the chief search.

Mr. Peduto and new Public Safety Director Stephen Bucar have said they seek an even-handed disciplinarian with a background in big-city policing who can restore morale and rebuild relationships with neighborhoods that have lost confidence in the department.

Robert Zullo: or 412-263-3909. Twitter: @rczullo.

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