R. Gil Kerlikowske, who resigned as Buffalo police commissioner 14 months ago to accept a federal job in Washington, is a candidate for the police chief's job in Gainesville, Fla.
The Gainesville Sun reported Thursday that Kerlikowske is among five finalists for the job, which became vacant in April when the former chief resigned. The candidates are expected to visit Gainesville next week for a series of interviews and meetings with community groups.
Kerlikowske spent 4 1/2 years in Buffalo before leaving in July 1998 to become deputy director of the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Kerlikowske had come to Buffalo from Florida, where he began his police career.
Gainesville has population of about 100,000 and a department with 240 employees, uniformed and civilian. It is the home of the University of Florida.
The former chief was paid $115,000, about the same as Kerlikowske's starting salary with the Justice Department.
He could not be reached to comment Thursday.