Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen will make the announcement from his office in City Hall.

Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen plans an announcement regarding the position of chief of police on Jan. 10.

Christiansen has set the announcement for 10 a.m. in his office at City Hall.

The mayor has said he intends to make an interim appointment to the top position in the police department with the departure of current Chief Paul M. Bernat. Bernat’s final day will be Tuesday, Jan. 17; the week between the interim appointment and Bernat’s departure will be used to familiarize the appointee with the responsibilities of the chief’s job, Christiansen has said.

Under city code, a panel of city officials, including Christiansen, will review applications for the job and the mayor will make an eventual appointment, which must be approved by the city council. Christiansen has said he wants to advertise the position outside the city.

Up until Bernat’s appointment in April 2014, Dover’s mayor was the sole appointing official when it came to selecting the chief of police. Council revamped the selection procedures after former Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr. was accused of influencing the choice of deputy chief.