PARIS — Three municipalities in Oxford Hills are searching for town managers.

Amy Bernard left her position in Paris in December 2015; Michael Chammings left his post in Oxford in January; and John White resigned from his job in West Paris in March, weeks before he succumbed to kidney cancer.

Bernard is now administrative assistant in Newry and Chammings is economic and community development director for Auburn.

Paris selectmen are expected to begin interviewing their top six picks next week. Nine residents from Maine and 10 from as far away as Oregon applied for the job, interim Town Manager Sawin Millett said. Selectman Vic Hodgkins is one of the applicants and has recused himself from the process.

“We’ve narrowed down the list to six people at this point,” Board of Selectmen Chairman Mike Risica said.

“There are not a lot of people interested for what we’re paying,” he said. “My hands are tied.”

In Oxford, where Code Enforcement Officer Rodney Smith was named interim town manager, selectmen narrowed the list of 20 applicants to three. One was interviewed last week and the others will follow. 

In West Paris, more than a dozen have applied for the leadership position, interim Town Manager Wade Rainey said.

“We’ve got 13 total,” he said Monday.

Six applicants are from Maine, two are from Texas, and one each are from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Nebraska.

 The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26.

Rainey, a former longtime selectman, said he is unsure if he will apply for the job.

“I haven’t decided yet,” he said Monday. 

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