Twenty-eight people have applied to be St. George's new town manager.

The Selectboard met in executive session Tuesday, May 4, to review the 28 applications with the assistance of David Barrett, director of personnel services and labor relations for the Maine Municipal Association.

St. George Selectboard Chair Richard Bates said some of the applicants are from the local area.

The board has agreed initially to interview five candidates. The plan is to conduct the first round of interviews remotely starting in mid-May and then have the second round of interviews in-person in late May.

"I hope this will shortly lead to an offer, and employment commencing around July 1," Bates said.

The new manager will succeed Tim Polky who has served as manager since February 2017 when he succeeded John Falla.

Polky grew up in St. George and started his career with the town as a firefighter, becoming fire chief in 1980. He has held numerous positions for the town, becoming assistant to the town manager and then assistant town manager when that position was created in the early 1990s.