Seven police officers from the Torrance Police Department have applied for the job of police chief, Torrance City Manager LeRoy Jackson said.
The position has been vacant since former Chief Joseph De Ladurantey retired in mid-May after being on the job for more than five years.
The city manager said he would like to hire someone from within the Police Department. De Ladurantey, hired from the Los Angeles Police Department, where he was a captain, was always considered an outsider by many of his officers in Torrance.
Jackson said he will ask the City Council to approve a request that the Torrance Civil Service Commission administer an exam to the three captains and four lieutenants who have applied for the $120,000-a-year post. Results of the exam should be ready in one month.