A NEW police commissioner should be known within the next two weeks.
This followed interviews of the shortlisted candidates for the top job this week. Two locals, an Australian, and a Fijian, are vying for the job.
The Solomon Star understands interviews began Monday, and will complete today.
After the interviews, the panel will submit its recommendation to the Police and Correctional Service Commission for its blessing before sending it to the Prime Minister and then to the Governor General.
The Solomon Star understands the interview panel consist of top former and present public service officials, a retired police officer, a church leader and a top women rep.
The interviews were finally held after more than three months when the short listed candidates were identified.
A well-placed source told the Solomon Star the race for the top police post is likely to be between a local and the Fijian candidate.
The Solomon Star understands the two locals vying for the top police post are current acting police commissioner Juanita Matanga and Guadalcanal provincial commander David Diosi.
Meanwhile, the source said the name of the new police chief should be officially announced anytime within the next two weeks if it is not further delayed for any political reason.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA