PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is going to search nationwide for a new police chief.

But Portland City Manager Mark Rees says he will also consider in-house candidates and that he will not subject taxpayers to an expensive and time-consuming national search.

Rees says he hopes to present his nominee to the City Council for confirmation in January.

Former Portland Chief James Craig resigned as chief in July to become police chief in Cincinnati. Assistant Chief Michael Sauschuck is acting as interim police chief.

The Portland Press Herald says Rees is planning to appoint a five-member search committee to do a preliminary screening of candidates.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com