NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of New Haven will be utilizing a professional firm to expand the search of candidates for a permanent police chief nationwide.

The city said Monday it released a Request for Proposal (RFP) through its Public Purchasing Portal last week, which will allow the city to engage with the firm to aid in a nationwide search for a permanent chief.

After an executive search vendor is selected, the city and vendor will engage in a public input process, including input from both community members and the New Haven Police Department to assess what qualities people want to see in their next chief.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker has selected Chief Administrative Officer Regina Rush-Kittle to lead the search process.

“I’m looking forward to working with a firm and establishing a community engagement process that truly listens to community members and stakeholders. I’m confident that we can identify a well-qualified individual who will serve our department and city with integrity and distinction,” Rush-Kittle said.

Interim Chief Renee Dominguez recently withdrew her name from consideration after her nomination was voted down by the Board of Aldermen.

Elicker said he stands by his decision to nominate Dominguez but looks forward to working with an outside firm to help determine the best person to lead the department.

“Having a police chief that is willing to collaborate, thinks outside the box, and invests the time and energy and engaging in programs that address the roots of the problem, I think is vital to our city’s success,” Elicker said.

When asked how much this nationwide search will cost the city, Elicker said it is going out to bid and they do not know at this point.