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San Diego Fire Chief Tracy Jarman, officially retired now for three months, will continue for another couple weeks as the Mayor picks a new leader from a narrowed pool of candidates.

Jarman announced her retirement from the Fire-Rescue Department to be effective June 27, but agreed to extend her service while the city conducted a nationwide search for a replacement. The Mayor was expected to make a decision by Oct. 1 when Jarman’s extension ended, but that announcement never came.

Jarman and other fire officials have told me the narrowed pool several weeks ago included seven candidates, two from San Diego. Interviews were scheduled for the end of September but there were apparently some complications.

“The extent of the interviews took longer than we originally planned,” said Darren Pudgil, mayoral spokesman.

— KEEGAN KYLE

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