Residents can meet and question five candidates vying to become St. Paul’s next police chief at two public forums in June.

The finalists are: St. Paul police Assistant Chief Todd Axtell, Minneapolis police Lt. Eddie Frizell, St. Paul police Cmdr. Colleen Luna, St. Paul police senior Cmdr. Tina McNamara and St. Paul police senior Cmdr. Matt Toupal.

The meetings:

• 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wed., June 1, at Concordia University, E.M. Pearson Theatre, 312 Hamline Av. N., St. Paul.

• 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thu., June 2, at Progressive Baptist Church, main sanctuary, 1505 Burns Av., St. Paul.

Mayor Chris Coleman will submit his choice to replace former Chief Thomas Smith, who retired on May 10 after serving one six-year term, to the City Council for approval.

For more information about the police chief selection process, visit