Eleven people have expressed interest in becoming the next Reynoldsburg police chief, but only seven, including Acting Chief Jim O'Neill, will be considered.

Eleven people have expressed interest in becoming the next Reynoldsburg police chief, but only seven, including Acting Chief Jim O'Neill, will be considered.

Mayor Brad McCloud hopes to hire a new chief by October.

Three of the candidates were disqualified for various reasons, said Billie Reidel, secretary of the Reynoldsburg Civil Service Commission. Agostino Micozzi, of the Akron Police Department, did not have the rank of lieutenant; Newark Police Capt. Barry Connell did not appear to have a bachelor's degree; and there were questions about the rank of Incident Commander Jeffrey Scott of NASA Cleveland, she said.

Gahanna Deputy Police Chief Kenneth Bell withdrew his name from consideration.

Those now in the running for the job include:

* Dublin police Lt. John DeJarnette;

* Chief Daniel Meloy of the Colerain Police Department near Cincinnati;

* Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol;

* Acting Lt. David Plesich, Hilliard police;

* Newark Police Capt. Craig Riley; and

* Lt. Craig Stone, Columbus police.

The deadline to apply was July 6.

The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, which provides assistance to villages, townships, universities and other organizations with promotions to sergeant, lieutenant, captain and other command-level positions, will assess the candidates through both oral and written exercises, Reidel said.

The tests are used to measure each individual's abilities to command, to manage work efficiently and effectively and to work with community leaders.

"There's really an element of surprise with different exercises," Reidel said. "Candidates do really well or they don't."

The assessment period is scheduled Sept. 10-11, but could be pushed to an earlier date, she said.

The final selection committee, which includes McCloud, a chief of police representative, City Council President Doug Joseph, City Attorney Jed Hood and the Civil Service chairman or designee, will pick the top three candidates.

Riedel said the final selection requires a majority vote.

The job listing offers a salary range of between $71,105 and $101,642 to oversee a department of 53 full-time officers, six reserve officers, eight dispatchers and 10 civilian positions with an estimated budget of $8.2 million.

O'Neill has been serving as Reynoldsburg's acting police chief after Interim Chief Scott McKinley retired May 1 to accept a full-time position with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Former chief David Suciu retired June 1. He had been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 9 pending a departmental affairs investigation into his conduct and that of a patrol officer regarding a Dec. 28, 2011, incident involving the use of OnStar satellite tracking without a warrant to follow a woman who had been in a relationship with the officer.