MADISON — Selectmen have interviewed a handful of job candidates for a new town manager, but there’s no timeline yet for when a new manager might take over daily operations in the Town Office.

The town received about 25 applications for the job and five candidates were interviewed on Tuesday, said Jack Ducharme, vice chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

“We’re really pleased with the number of applicants we got. We have some really strong candidates,” Ducharme said.

The search for a new town manager began in November, after former town manager Dana Berry announced he would be retiring and selectmen dismissed him from office within a day, saying the town did not want to pay for vacation and sick time Berry had accrued after he left office. Since then, selectmen and other town employees have shared the manager’s duties.

Berry was hired by the town at an annual salary of $65,000.

Selectmen might be interviewing more candidates, and they will have to vote on whether to appoint a candidate to the job, Ducharme said. A date has not been set for when a new manager might be hired.

“We’re working very hard to find the right fit,” Ducharme said. “The staff in the Town Office have been doing a great job with no town manager, and we are really appreciative of what they’ve done for the town.”

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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