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Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White is still awaiting word on whether he’ll be hired as the next chief of the Atlanta Police Department.

White is one of three finalists for the job. All of them took part in a town meeting in Atlanta two weeks ago as part of the application process.

“I had hoped to hear something this week. Hasn’t happened as of yet. I just have to continue to be patient and see what happens,” White said after addressing the Rotary Club of Louisville Thursday.

The two other candidates are Atlanta Interim Police Chief George Turner and U.S. Homeland Security official Cedric Alexander.

White says he doesn’t want to leave Louisville, but his future here is uncertain because a new mayor will be elected in November. He was hired in 2003 by current Mayor Jerry Abramson, who’s not seeking re-election.

White says he has spoken recently with the two major party mayoral candidates, Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner.

“My conversation with Greg Fischer was specific about what happens if he becomes the mayor as it relates to me being police chief and he’s expressed a great interest in having me stay, and I would certainly be interested in that,” White said. “My conversation with Councilman Heiner was about crime in general, but we didn’t touch on who he wants as a chief or my future.”

White says if he doesn’t get the Atlanta job, he won’t entertain any other opportunities until after the November general election.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."