Havelock commissioners have whittled to five the list of possible candidates to become the new city manager.
Jim Freeman, who is serving as the interim city manager since his retirement earlier this year, said the five would be scheduled for interviews no later than Sept. 28.
The Board of Commissioners, which held a closed-door meeting Monday night to reduce the number of candidates, is scheduled to conduct the interviews, Freeman said. During Monday’s meeting, the commissioners also drafted a set of 20 questions they will ask the candidates.
Work to find a new city manager began upon Freeman’s retirement on March 31. The city advertised and received 51 complete applications from prospective candidates.
“Out of that 51, they got it down to 41,” Freeman said. “As of last week, they met again and brought it down to 18. Out of that 18, the candidates were provided additional questions. They met again in a closed meeting last week. They sent letters out and 12 responded back, and out of that they had worked it down to eight.”
Monday’s meeting cut that group down to the current five.
Commissioners hope to make an offer to a candidate by early this fall, with the new city manager reporting by the first of next year.