SHAMOKIN - Ten applicants are seeking to become Shamokin's next city clerk, a position filled this week on an interim basis.

The applications were received by the Wednesday deadline. They could be reviewed by city council during an executive session at a special meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Mayor William D. Milbrand said Friday.

Shamokin is enrolled in the Early Intervention Program monitored by state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Department officials have asked and will be allowed to sit in on applicant interviews, Milbrand said.

The position was vacated following the resignation of Steve Bartos earlier this month.

In the meantime, Ed Zack, of Susquehanna Group Advisors, Harrisburg, began his appointment as interim city clerk Tuesday.

Susquehanna Group Advisors was hired through the Early Intervention Program. Milbrand said the financial management and consulting firm will be paid with state grant funding.

"The fact that we have (Zack) in there and actively working as city clerk, that gives us a little time to make sure we make the right choice. We don't have to rush out and hurry up," Milbrand said.

Zack is a Marion Heights resident and former employee of Northumberland County.

A resolution is expected to be amended by council Monday to add additional funding to the Early Intervention grant, Milbrand said.

Clyde "Champ" Holman, DCED deputy secretary, and other department staff met with city officials Thursday regarding the city's progress in the program as well as its continued pursuit of a $800,000 loan to pay off unpaid bills accrued through 2013.

Milbrand said DCED is pleased with the city's progress and that "they're monitoring everything we're doing very closely."

Representatives of Miners Bank also met Thursday with city officials. The Schuylkill County bank, as well as Susquehanna Bank, are considering authorizing the loan.

As for 2014, Milbrand said all current bills have been paid.