Chattanooga police chief applicants bring experience from across the country

While there are a half-dozen internal applicants for the Chattanooga Police Department's top position, the 43 other applicants represent a wide range of experience and credentials.

The list of candidates vying to become Chattanooga's next police chief now includes several who spent time policing some of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Louis, according to the applications

Michael Mealer retired as a police commander from the Chicago Police Department after 32 years. In his application, he wrote he was executive officer to the deputy chief of patrol, "leading eight patrol districts covering one third of the city of Chicago."

In describing his experiences in Chicago, he said he effectively established strategic goals with plans for implementation and built alliances between department personnel, governmental agencies and the community.