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Cedar Rapids meets police chief candidates

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A new top cop could soon take over the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

The city hosted an open house to give people a chance to meet the seven police chief candidates.

Six men and one woman made it to this stage of the process.

  1. Wayne Jerman - Assistant Chief of Police, Montgomery County Department of Police, Rockville, MD
  2. Thomas Bergamine - Former Chief of Police of Fayetteville Police Department, Fayetteville, NC
  3. Michael Smathers - Captain of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte, NC
  4. Robert Johnson - Captain/Executive Officer of Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL
  5. Zim Schwartze - Most Recently Director of Columbia Joint Communications Agency and Emergency Management Services, Columbia, MO
  6. Steve O'Konek - Captain and Previous Acting Chief of Cedar Rapids Police Department, Cedar Rapids, IA
  7. Brad Nelson - Patrol Division Commander of Columbia Police Department, Columbia, MO

"Public safety is really like the bedrock of local government, to serve the people and to protect them," said Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.  "So it's really important for the citizens to come out and actually have a chance to meet some of the potential candidates."

The city hopes to choose its new chief in September.

Greg Graham left Cedar Rapids in January after less than four years with the department.

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