Oakland has signed a $49,500 contract with Ralph Andersen and Associates to complete the stalled search for a permanent police chief.

The city anticipates reopening the application window through the end of April and naming a permanent chief by June, spokeswoman Karen Boyd wrote in an email. The city will consider candidates who applied during a previous recruitment process.

The search came to a halt in December when the original recruiter quit the search claiming interference from the mayor's office. The city pulled out of negotiations with another recruiting organization over its policy against offering benefits to the partners of employees in same sex relationships.