The long search for a new city manager for Red Bank is down to two finalists.
Five were set to be interviewed on Tuesday at Red Bank City Hall, but three have dropped out.
Telling the city they are no longer interested were George Hayfield, a city planning consultant from Seagrove, N.C.; David Strohl, finance director for Morton, Ill., and Andrew Hyatt, city manager for Fairview, Tn.
Charles Beale, city manager of McKenzie, Tn., will be interviewed at 1 p.m.
Randall Smith, who heads a firm that helps private sector businesses form government partnerships, will be interviewed at 2:15 p.m.
After firing Chris Dorsey, the Red Bank Commission later chose Randall Hemann of Salisbury, N.C., to be his replacement. Then he decided not to take the job.
John Alexander, city finance director, has been serving as interim city manager since the departure of Mr. Dorsey, who was on board for six years.