LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville officials have 16 candidates to review in finding the city's next police chief.

The application process closed Dec. 15. The applicants were required to submit position papers outlining their stances on 12 topics including management style, views on community policing and experience in command positions, according to published reports.

Officials won't reveal the names of the applicants.

Mayor Greg Fischer has said only the names of the top five finalists will be released publicly.

The response is less than expected, according to Deborah Keeling, who is overseeing the search process. She is head of the University of Louisville's criminal justice administration department. But Keeling says 16 is "a good number" of candidates.

The eventual selection will replace Robert White, who left this month to become police chief in Denver.

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