BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Fifty-one candidates are vying for the position of police chief of Alabama's largest city.

AL.com reports that the applicants seeking to become Birmingham's next police chief include local, regional and national candidates. The search, contracted to Siena Consulting, began Jan. 23 and the application window closed Thursday.

Mayor Randall Woodfin hasn't said when he expects to select a new chief. In January, he said the search will be "overly open," with the public kept abreast of its status.

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper retired Feb. 16 after a decade on the job. Retiring Birmingham police Capt. Orlando Wilson is serving as interim chief, and isn't seeking the permanent position.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews