Brookhaven officials say they hope to hire  the city’s first police chief by mid-April.

Brookhaven City Manager Marie Garrett

City Manager Marie Garrett selected nine candidates to interview from the 98 law enforcement officers who applied for the position, according to a press release. Garrett plans announce the new police chief by the second week of April.

“The safety of Brookhaven’s residents and businesses is our number one goal,” Garrett said in a news release.“This includes establishing Brookhaven’s own police department. That starts with selecting the best chief who can help us build a strong police department.”

The new chief will hire officers, develop policies and procedures, and create an annual budget, in addition to running daily operations, officials said.

The city is looking for a candidate that has a background in community-oriented policing, 10-15 years in law enforcement and a bachelor’s degree.

DeKalb County will provide police services in Brookhaven until the new police department is up and running this summer.