Acting Chief of Police Scott Ervin and Deputy Chief Michael DeLeo from Plantation Police Department are the two remaining finalists.
Ervin has been with the Panama City Police force for 14 years and brings familiarity along with his experience to the table. DeLeo says he brings a fresh new set of eyes to the city and has prepared his entire life for this opportunity.
"Not necessarily new ideas, but a new perspective," said DeLeo. "Taking a fresh look at the way things are done. I've got a diverse back round, operationally and administrative, between different units I've supervised. Our agencies are very similar in the services they offer and just a dIfferent viewpoint and perspective."
In a meet and greet at City Hall both men got to meet with Mayor Greg Brudnicki, city commissioners, and others. DeLeo says this area would be a great place to raise a family and to make his new home. Ervin has called Panama City home for more than a decade. Over that time Ervin has built a good standing reputation with the city.
"I guess being from here I already have a working relationship," said Scott Ervin. "We have a wonderful city and a wonderful staff. We did have the interviews this morning and of course we have the Meet and Greet this afternoon and then it will be up to Mr. Hammonds the remainder of the process."
News13 asked Mr. Hammonds at City Hall Wednesday when he thought a decision would be made for the position and he declined naming a specific date. He did say it would be within the month.