BRIDGEPORT — Sixteen people have applied to become the city's next police chief, but officials are extending the application deadline by a month to expand the pool of candidates.

The biggest surprise is neither provisional Chief Anthony Armeno nor any other member of the city's Police Department is among the applicants.

They still have a chance to be considered under the later deadline, extended to Oct. 31.

The chief's job pays between $93,487 and $102,791 a year.

Armeno did not return calls for comment. He was criticized after he was appointed earlier this year amid accusations he physically battered former Deputy Chief Karen Krasicky in the 1990s when the two had a personal relationship.

Krasicky, now police chief in the Litchfield County town of Plymouth, said previously she was interested in becoming chief here. She also has not applied.

"I think it's great," said Kim McLaughlin of Bridgeport First, a citizen group that has campaigned for an open selection process for the next chief, when told of the list of candidates. "We just feel very strongly that whoever is hired has to have an exemplary record of leadership."

Among the candidates are: Donald Kleber, an FBI special agent; Alan Chertok, former police chief in Spokane, Wash.; Jerry Speziale Jr., Passaic County, N.J., sheriff; Steven List, police chief of Parkland, Fla.; Henry White Jr., police chief of McDonough, Ga.; and Frank Colaprete, adjunct professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Brockport.

City Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs said he decided to extend the deadline for applications from the end September to the end of October when his office had received only eight resumes.

"I just thought it would be better to provide more time for candidates to get their applications in," he explained. "I think it's better to have more candidates to choose from."

Jacobs said he hasn't yet reviewed the resumes.

"I know there are people in a hurry to hire a new chief, and there are people saying we are in too much of a hurry," he said. "My intention is not to please either party to those arguments but to get the best candidates that we can."