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Sources: Lopez Poised to Become Durham's Top Cop

Sources tell WRAL that the city of Durham is negotiating with Jose Lopez Sr. to become its next police chief.

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DURHAM, N.C. — The Bull City could get a new police chief within the week.

Sources tell WRAL that Jose Lopez Sr. and his wife are arriving in the Triangle on Friday.

Sources also tell WRAL the city is in final negotiations with Lopez, who is currently the assistant chief in Hartford, Conn.

Lopez is one of three finalists up for the job. The other two are Ronald Hodge, deputy chief in Durham and Don Green, deputy chief of the Knoxville, Tenn., police.

Chief Steve Chalmers, who plans to retire at the end of the year, has been head of the department for nearly five years.

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