The Hanahan City Council is a step closer to hiring a new police chief.

City staff narrowed a pool of 91 applicants to 10, and those were cut to six at a special council workshop Wednesday night. City Administrator John Cribb called the finalists Thursday to set up interviews.

Chief Donald Wilcox retired this summer after leading the 34-officer department for about a decade. Council delayed hiring a replacement for budget reasons, Cribb said. "When somebody leaves, you've got annual leave that you owe them," Cribb said. "The chief had a lot of leave -- he came to work every day -- so (delaying hiring) had as much to do with budget as anything."

Three lieutenants within the department each took a turn as interim chief, Cribb said.

Cribb declined to name the six candidates, who will be interviewed by council next week. All are local and three are internal. "Hopefully Thursday after the last interview, council will stay and make a decision," Cribb said. "We're anxious to get somebody hired."

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