(CBS) – Thirty-nine candidates have applied in hopes of being Chicago’s next police superintendent, a Chicago Police Board administrator confirms.

The wide array of applicants includes individuals from different professional backgrounds. Some are current Chicago Police Department employees, but many applicants are from around the country, Police Board Executive Director Max A. Caproni tells CBS 2.

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No further details were available. Caproni says he could not confirm whether most hopefuls are African American, as was reported Friday by the Chicago Sun-Times.

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The search for a new Chicago police superintendent comes amid controversy over the shooting of black suspects by officers. The last superintendent, Garry McCarthy, was fired in the wake of the release of dashcam video in the officer-involved shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald.

The police board will send the names of three finalists to Mayor Emanuel later this year. The job of police superintendent pays $260,000 a year.

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