Red Bank Commissioners have chosen five finalists for city manager.
They are Charles Beal, David Strohl, Andrew Hyatt, George Hayfield and Randall Smith.
The finalists are due to be interviewed in Red Bank on Sept. 25. Mayor Monty Millard said commissioners have yet to decide whether the interviews will again be open to the public as they were last November.
At that time, the commission chose Randall Hemann of Salisbury, N.C., but he decided not to take the job.
Mayor Monty Millard said he did not want "another fiasco like that. It was embarrassing to the city."
The commissioners earlier set the salary at $75,000. However, Mayor Millard said the candidates likely will want from $80,000-$100,000. Vice Mayor John Roberts said pay could be decided later.
He noted that Red Bank paid $500 for Mr. Hemann to come for a visit. He said the current candidates "can pay their own way if they want the job."
Mr. Beal is city manager at McKenzie, Tn. He has been there almost 10 years. Mayor Millard listed him as his top choice.
Mr. Strohl has had experience as a city administrator, it was stated.
Mr. Smith has been involved in highway safety programs.
Mr. Hyatt has been city manager at Fairview, Tn., and Mr. Hayfield has been a town manager.