SOUTH HAVEN — With applications starting to trickle in to fill the city manager position, officials are taking the next step in the hiring process by selecting a committee to interview candidates.

The search for a manager to replace Brian Dissette, who left his position to become Berrien County administrator, began in July. With the application deadline approaching, the city council approved the selection of an interview panel, consisting of community leaders and the mayor to sift through applications and select candidates to be interviewed.