The city has selected a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based search firm to help find its next police chief.
Developmental Associates, led by Stephen Strauss, will help find the candidates from a nationwide search.
Former chief Dave Sloggie retired at the end of 2016 after four decades with the department.
Andrew Barker has served as interim chief. He's has said he does not yet know if he'll apply for the permanent position.
"That's a decision I'll make when the time comes," he said.
The process of recruiting and selecting candidates will start in March. The city expects to have the entire process wrapped up in three months, according to a city news release.
City communications specialist Lee Ann Hartmann said the base cost for the firm will be $20,500.
"There will be some other costs too, for testing of the candidates, but we expect those to be minimal," she said.
Nearly two dozen left comments via a city webpage regarding what they are looking for from the new chief. Others sent emails directly to city staff.
City staff say they will use that input as it creates a profile that the Developmental Associates will use when they are finding candidates.
According to its website, the company has helped North Carolina cities like Chapel Hill and Wilmington with choosing their public safety officials.
They've also helped universities in North Carolina choose public safety officials of their own, including Duke University, North Carolina State University, and Wake Forest University.