BRIDGEPORT - The next Bridgeport state’s attorney is expected to be selected on March 19.

State Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald, chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission which oversees the state’s Division of Criminal Justice, said interviews for the top state law enforcement officer for the Fairfield Judicial District will be held that day at the legislative office building.

He said the interviews before the commission will be followed by an executive session in which the new state’s attorney will be selected.

McDonald said the interviews, which are open to the public, may be televised on CT-N. Members of the public can weigh in on the candidates during the proceeding.

John Smriga, who served as the state’s attorney in Bridgeport since 2009, retired on Feb. 1.

While McDonald would only say that they have received several applications for the position.

“We are in the process of reviewing the applications and will make a decision on the number who will receive interviews before the commission,” McDonald said.

He said they expect to have a list of the finalists who will be interviewed about a week before March 19.

The state's attorney supervises about two dozen prosecutors in two courthouses in Bridgeport and more than a half dozen inspectors. The state’s attorney also oversees the investigation and prosecution of all crimes committed within the judicial district, which includes Bridgeport, Fairfield, Trumbull, Easton, Monroe and Stratford.