City officials announced they had whittled the field of candidates for Atlanta’s two top public safety jobs to three finalists apiece.

Mayor Kasim Reed planned to introduce the three finalists for police chief at a town hall meeting at the Atlanta Civic Center on June 3. Reed said he would announce his choice for the new chief shortly after meeting. His choice must be confirmed by the Atlanta City Council.

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After receiving the recommendations from the Police Chief Search Committee and the search firm Russell Reynolds, Reed and Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman interviewed each of the final five candidates and narrowed the list to the three finalists: Dr. Cedric L. Alexander of the United States Department of Homeland Security who leads federal security oversight at Dallas/Ft.Worth International Airport; Atlanta Interim Police Chief George N. Turner; and Robert Crump White, chief of police for the Louisville, Ky., Metro Police Department.

A similar procedure was used to select three finalists for Atlanta fire chief, city officials said.

The three candidates to lead the city’s Fire Rescue Department are Interim Fire Chief Joel Baker, former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran and Brenda Nishiyama Willis, head of the department’s airport operations. Reed said he expects to announce his choice in June.