With 10 applicants to choose from, Mayor James A. Young hopes to have a new police chief in place before the new year.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen interviewed the last two applicants on Monday during a special called board meeting.

Aldermen accepted applications through Friday.

The field of applicants are from Philadelphia, Nettleton, Little Rock, Cullman, Ala., and Collinsville, among others, he said.

"We hope to make a decision in the next couple of weeks, by the end of December," Young said.

When asked if a decision might be made sooner, Young said it depended on the mood of the board.

"There might be a few they want to bring back to reinterview," he said.

The city has been without a police chief since former Chief Bill Cox resigned on Aug. 30 to take over as head of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Olive Branch Police Department.

A 10-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police force, Cox returned to investigations as a major with the Olive Branch force, calling it his longtime passion.

Assistant Police Chief Julian Greer has been leading Philadelphia Police Department in the interim.