PORTLAND — Police Chief James Craig is one of six candidates advancing to the next level in Cincinnati’s search for a new police chief.

Craig is competing against two Cincinnati assistant police chiefs, Vincent Demasi and James Whalen; Brian Jordan, a retired captain from the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia; John King, a law enforcement instructor who had been police chief in Gaithersburg, Md.; and Bruce Marquis, the police chief in Norfolk, Va.

Craig, who has been Portland’s chief for two years, had retired as a captain from the Los Angeles Police Department. He began his law enforcement career in Detroit.

The six candidates will be interviewed in person by a screening committee in mid-May, according to Meg Olberding, a spokeswoman for the city. City Manager Milton Dohoney will interview the top two or three candidates in the next round of the process. Dohoney could make an offer to a candidate, revisit the entire pool of candidates or reopen the search process.

Craig was among 10 candidates who cleared the first hurdle last month. Those 10 were selected for telephone interviews by the selection committee from a pool of 41 applicants.