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Monty Millard is Red Bank's mayor.

The hunt to find the new Red Bank city manager already is under way.

Two weeks after the Red Bank Board of Commissioners voted to fire Chris Dorsey as city manager, three to four people already have applied to be his permanent successor, Red Bank Mayor Monty Millard said after Tuesday night's commissioners meeting.

An advertisement for the position is posted on the city's website, and Millard said it also will be in newspapers.

Millard expects there to be a public meeting to discuss the applicants. Then, the Board of Commissioners will interview the top two or three candidates privately before the commissioners approve a job offer at a public meeting.

The mayor said would like to see the position filled "long before the end of the year."

During Tuesday's meeting -- the first since Dorsey was fired by a 3-2 vote -- Millard assured attendees that the city will move forward with the search to find a city manager.

Ruth Jeno, who along with Millard voted to keep Dorsey, called the previous meeting "very unpleasant" and apologized to residents who attended.

Two Red Bank residents also voiced their thoughts about the change in management.

James Folkner said he supported the vote to fire Dorsey.

Carla Quinn urged the board to hire someone highly qualified to be the new city manager.

"I know it's a big job," she said.

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