Interviews to find the Portland Police Bureau’s next chief are set to continue Wednesday and Thursday.

A total of six candidates remain, according to Michael Cox, a spokesman for Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

The identities of the candidates are confidential, Cox said.

“We will protect their confidentiality because we may not have been able to recruit them at all had their names been public,” Cox said. “It may have jeopardized them with their current employers.”

Police Chief Mike Marshman speaks at a 2016 press conference about police shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Police Chief Mike Marshman speaks at a 2016 press conference about police shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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Cox acknowledged that current Chief Mike Marshman is among the finalists.

Marshman was appointed chief in June 2016. After Wheeler was elected, he decided to keep Marshman on the job, but announced a national search for the city’s next chief.

Marshman has been criticized by some for the bureau’s handling of protests in recent months.

Cox said there were about 30 applicants for the job. They were cut down by a three-member panel to 11 and then ultimately to the six who will be interviewed this week.

The mayor will select the finalists and will interview them in early August.

Previous interviews have been conducted via Skype, but this round will be done in-person, Cox said.

Cox declined to say who was on the interview panel for this round, but said the names would be released after the interviews are completed.

The hiring decision is Wheeler’s to make and does not require a vote by the City Council.