ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — David Houser previously served as Durant’s chief of police before retiring in October of 2022.

As the city of Ardmore needed help in filling in the role temporarily, Houser was contacted through a company called Oklahoma Municipal Management Services.

"The relationship that I've had with [Kevin] Norris in the past will be beneficial,” Houser said. “As an interim police chief, I don't know that you would have enough tenure to leave a legacy, but what I would hope is to leave it better than I found it."

For city officials, the decision to name Houser as interim chief was made based on Houser’s previous experience and his decision to not apply for the position full time.

"I made the decision that it would probably be good to have somebody from the outside serve as an interim because we may have some candidates from internally that want to apply,” city manager Kevin Boatright said. “He will have the job until the day that we have somebody picked as a permanent police chief."

The search for a new top cop starts again with no limit as to where candidates could come from.

"Through the state of Oklahoma. Through the National Law Enforcement Association. There’re several national job bulletins. We advertised with those last time,” Boatright explained. “I think in our final five for our last search, we had somebody that came as far as the state of Virginia. Our goal that we're going through here is to get the most qualified and best fit."

Boatright says the hiring process for a permanent chief of police is expected to take between 60 to 90 days.