ROCKLAND — The city will advertise statewide for a new police chief.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said officers currently in the department, who meet the requirements, are also eligible to apply. There are several department members who are eligible to seek the top post. The city requires a chief candidate to have a minimum of seven years of police experience and five years in a supervisory role.

The position opened when Chief Christopher Young retired in early November. Deputy Police Chief Joel Neal has been serving as interim chief since Young’s retirement.

The department has 17 sworn officers, and an annual budget of about $2.1 million.

The city has hired from outside the department for chief only once in the past 50 years when it hired Bruce Boucher in 2005. Boucher had been chief of security at Bowdoin College, and before that 23 years with the Brunswick Police Department.

The search will be undertaken as the Rockland Police Review Committee continues to meet. The Committee has been meeting every other Monday for the past two months. The Committee is scheduled to meet Monday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. in the upstairs board room at City Hall. The Committee has no role in the hiring of the new chief.