A volunteer panel of Maui police commissioners is getting ready to select a new police chief to lead the state’s third-largest law enforcement agency.

Maui County law requires candidates to have a minimum of five years experience in law enforcement, with at least three years in an administrative capacity. But the island’s police commission wants more, CivilBeat.org reports.

The commissioners are looking for someone with at least 15 years of experience as a police officer, including five years in administration. The commissioners also prefer someone with a four-year degree from an accredited university and proof of training from the FBI National Academy, or equivalent experience.

The top five candidates also may be asked to complete a written exam. The nine-member commission began advertising for the position in early June, and applications are due by July 12.

The new police chief — who will earn $158,851 a year — will replace Tivoli Faaumu, who retired on May 1 after 35 years with the department. Deputy Police Chief Dean Rickard is leading the department in the interim.

Police chiefs previously had to have lived in the state for at least one year, but that state law was lifted in 2017.

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