The city of Gahanna announced today, July 13, three candidates are under consideration to become its next chief of police.

The finalists are Chris Little, retired captain of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas, Nevada; Jeff Scott, police chief of Notre Dame College in Euclid; and Jeff Spence, Gahanna's interim police chief and deputy chief.

“Although we received a number of great candidates, I am extremely impressed with the three finalists for our next chief of police,” said Mark Thomas, public-safety director.

“Combined, these individuals possess more than 70 years of law-enforcement experience,” he said.

The city received 43 applications, 30 of which came from within Ohio, according to Niel Jurist, Gahanna's public-information manager.

Chief Dennis Murphy retired from the Gahanna Division of Police on Jan. 19 with 21 years of service, making him the longest-serving police chief in the city.

For more on this story, read the July 19 edition of the ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.