Fourteen applications have been submitted to the Riley County Law Board for the vacant Riley County Police Department Director position, since a nationwide search was launched on May 23.

RCPD says the applications, which include three from Kansas and 11 from out-of-state, are currently being reviewed by a screening committee. That committee will make recommendations to the Law Board on which applicants should advance forward, with the Law Board making the ultimate decision on finalists.

In a Tuesday release, Riley County Law Board Chair Linda Morse stated the board is “systematically working its way through the process” and says once recommendations are made, they’ll meet separately to choose finalists. Names of the finalists will be announced once the Law Board makes its decision and an open forum will be held with the finalists to allow for public input.

It’s anticipated a new director will be installed at RCPD by the end of this year.

Kurt Moldrup has served as Interim RCPD Director since former Director Dennis Butler’s retirement on Jan. 31.