DIXFIELD – Selectmen sifted through 15 applications for town manager during a special, 90-minute closed meeting late Monday afternoon.

Board Chairwoman Bettina Martin said interviews for five of the candidates will be set for next week, then the board will decide whether to invite any finalists back for second interviews or to readvertise for the position.

She said 10 of the applicants are from Maine. The remaining five are from Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nebraska and Alabama. Thirteen are men and two are women.

Four of the five who will be called for interviews are from within Maine.

Martin said she was pleased with the response.

“All had a good education. Although none were prior town managers, all had an excellent work history,” she said.

Town Manager Tom Richmond of Trenton, who travels home on the weekends, is leaving his job Aug. 29 after 21 months. He begins a similar position in the town of Carmel on Sept. 2. His current salary is $50,000 a year.

Martin said she and the office employees, will take care of municipal business between the time Richmond leaves and his replacement is on board.

Selectmen will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.

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