This time last week, 27 people were vying for the position of Shreveports next Police Chief. but that list has gotten a little shorter. "Up until Col. Whitehorn applied I was very serious and ready to compete," said former candidate Richard Arnold. Arnold is a retired S.P.D. Sergeant. He recently withdrew his application. "I didnt see another applicant that could make the changes happen other than Colonel Whitehorn." said Arnold Henry Whitehorn is a corporal for the Louisiana State Police. Hes one of 8 remaining candidates who are not currently working at SPD. Dr. Bernadette Palumbo is a criminal justice expert and a professor at LSUS. She says choosing a chief from outside the department could have its benefits and its drawbacks. "Sometimes a different set of lenses really helps the person get a picture of the nature of the problem. However, in doing that, it may create problems with the established status quo." The remaining applicants will take their civil service exam on Wednesday. Thats when the Palumbo says the list of perspective candidates will likely get even shorter. "Well get our top 4 or 5 candidates and from that we will do interviews and ultimately the recommendations will be made to the mayor." Then Mayor Glover is expected to begin his decision making process.