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Charleston City Hall 80 Broad St. downtown. Leroy Burnell/Staff

After a seven-month search, the city of Charleston has a new police chief. 

Mayor John Tecklenburg will reveal who he picked for the job at a media event at 12:30 p.m. at City Hall, 80 Broad St.

City Council interviewed five finalists last month after a nationwide search drew 86 applicants from across the country. Former Chief Greg Mullen retired in August after 11 years at the helm of the department. 

The only external black candidate, Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner, withdrew his candidacy on Monday following a controversy over his past clashes with black officers in his department. 

Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor is now the only black candidate in the running with three other white candidates from other cities. 

They are Joseph Clark, deputy police chief of the Norfolk Police Department; Luther Reynolds, assistant police chief in Montgomery County, Maryland; and Michael Sullivan, deputy police chief in Louisville, Kentucky.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 843-937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail.

Abigail Darlington is a local government reporter focusing primarily on the City of Charleston. She previously covered local arts & entertainment, technology, innovation, tourism and retail for the Post and Courier.