- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chief of police in Little Rock is retiring by the end of June, and who will replace him remains a mystery.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/SK4jQT ) that Stuart Thomas will retire after nearly a decade of leading the state’s largest police department.

There are three candidates to replace Thomas: 45-year-old Kenton Buckner, an assistant police chief with the Louisville, Ky., Metro Police Department; John Ray, the chief executive deputy for the Tarrant County, Texas, sheriff’s office; and 49-year-old Little Rock Assistant Police Chief Eric Higgins.

City Manager Bruce Moore is conducting the search.

The Little Rock police department has 700 employees and a $67 million budget.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com