Salt Lake officials have narrowed to a field of four the finalists for director of the city's Planning and Zoning Division, an official said.

The candidates are Allen Johnson, the city's acting director; Alan Canter, a former Denver planning director; Rodger Dahlstrom, planning director in Elgin, Ill.; and Gary Jones of A.P. Associates, a Salt Lake planning firm, said Mike Zuhl, Mayor Palmer DePaulis' chief of staff.A panel interviewed the candidates Wednesday, and the city's Planning Commission was to interview the finalists Wednesday afternoon, Zuhl said. The commission will then recommend candidates to DePaulis.

DePaulis said he will interview the final candidates before he makes the appointment to fill the seat, vacated by Vernon Jorgensen when he retired in December 1987.

Zuhl said a final decision on the appointment may be made this week.