LEBANON — The board of selectmen narrowed their search for a town manager down to five applicants.

Interviews are expected to start within the next few weeks, according to Selectman Jason Cole. He said there were 42 applicants from across the country interested in the position, but none were from Lebanon.

Residents approved the town manager form of government by referendum vote last year. A candidate will be offered the position by June 10 and will start July 1, pending the outcome of a June 14 vote that asks residents to approve the $98,000 salary and benefits for the position.