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Eau Claire police chief decision pushed back one week

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The search for Eau Claire's top cop will go on for one more week.

After spending all of Thursday behind closed doors interviewing the three finalists for the job, the Eau Claire Police and Fire Commission finished their last round of interviews around 6 p.m. without announcing a decision.

Matt Rokus, Derek Thomas and Kelly Bakken are the three finalists being considered. Rokus and Thomas both work for Eau Claire police as deputy chief and lieutenant respectively while Bakken is in her first year as police chief in Altoona.

Whoever is picked will replace Gerald Staniszewski, who has spent the past six years as chief of police, announced he is retiring at the end of 2019. Staniszewski worked for the department for a total of 28 years.

The police commission tells News 18 they will select the new chief on December 12.

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