PARIS — A lot of people want to be police chief in Paris.

Officials in the town of about 5,000 say they have received 49 applications, including one from a current member of the department.

Selectmen Chairman Robert Kirchherr says he’s pleased with the interest.

Interim Chief Jerry Hinton says all the applicants are men and come from as far away as California and Florida. He tells the Sun Journal he’s disappointed no women applied, but not surprised.

A search panel hopes to whittle the applicants down to six to 10 for interviews.

That pool will be cut to two or three for second interviews and background checks.

The goal is to have the new chief on the job by October.

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