BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The three finalists for the Birmingham police chief position have been announced.
Malik Aziz, Henry Irby III and Patrick D. Smith will be interviewed by Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin this week.
- Irby is a deputy chief with the Birmingham police. As of last week, he is also working the day-to-day responsibilities of chief after interim chief Orlando Wilson stepped down. Irby has 32 years of law enforcement experience.
- Aziz currently works as a division commander with the Dallas Police Department. He has more than 28 years of experience in law enforcement.
- Smith is a police commander with the Los Angeles Police Department. He has 27 years of experience.
Aziz has been a finalist for police chief openings in at least three other cities - San Antonio, Tucson and Miami - the Dallas News reports. Aziz was also demoted last year from deputy chief.
Smith, according to the Los Angeles Times, has had friction with the LAPD. The newspaper reported in November 2016 that Smith sued the city, alleging he was the victim of racial discrimination and retaliation. The lawsuit alleged the LAPD subjected Smith to frabricated internal affairs complaints, and that the department searched his office and took files.
The ongoing search for Birmingham's new police chief started with collecting applications from February 1 through March 9. More than 50 candidates, both locally and nationally, applied for the position.
The three finalists were selected from a pool of 11 applicants and invited to take part in an assessment process on March 19. The assessment required participants to handle a series of realistic leadership situations. A detailed review of each candidate's performed was provided afterward.
Mayor Woodfin will interview the three finalists between April 23 and April 25.