Chattanooga's search for a new police chief attracted 77 applications from law enforcement leaders across the country, including four internal candidates, according to the search firm hired to assist in the recruiting process.

The candidates have between 15 and 41 years' experience. Most are from departments serving cities with between 60,000 and 300,000 residents.

Out of the 77, three are women.

Law enforcement officers from 25 states applied; 48 are working in the Southeast, and 11 are from Tennessee.

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