SHAMOKIN - Three finalists for the city clerk position were interviewed Thursday, and a fourth finalists was expected to have been interviewed Monday night.

The four candidates were among 10 applicants to become Shamokin's next city clerk. The position was vacated Feb. 7, when Steve Bartos resigned at the anticipated end of a medical leave that began Nov. 13.

Ed Zack, of Susquehanna Group Advisors, began a six-week appointment as interim clerk Feb. 18. The Harrisburg firm was hired using grant funding from the state's Early Intervention Program in which Shamokin is enrolled toward improving its fiscal health.

There's been no talk between Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and city officials about a potential extension of the interim appointment, according to Mayor William D. Milbrand.

The mayor was upbeat about the candidate pool from which city council could choose a new clerk, but Milbrand wouldn't commit when asked if the new hire would come from the four finalists.

There is no deadline to fill the position despite the interim appointment drawing to a close, and Milbrand said it's imperative that city council make the best decision it can.

"We cannot be too careful with who we choose for this job," he said.

As previously reported, DCED officials are actively involved in the interviews, as are private sector financial advisors hired with the Early Intervention grant funding. City council itself has been represented by Milbrand and Councilman Dave Kinder, director of accounts and finance.

Council's next regularly scheduled meetings are a work session at 6 p.m. April 2 and a voting session at 7 p.m. April 14.