Brownwood City Council members will take their second look Tuesday at applications for the city manager’s job.

Council members reviewed 18 applications in a specially called meeting on July 17. Council member Jerry DeHay said the the group consists of “some very well qualified individuals” and he thinks the council will probably be able to name a city manager in mid-August from the current group of applicants.

One of the applicants works in Arkansas and the others work in Texas, DeHay said.

“There’s a pretty good diversity in their backgrounds,” he said.

He said he imagines the council will select five applicants for interviews.

Council member Dave Fair agreed. “I am thrilled with the number of applicants that we’ve had,” Fair said. “Just in going through them, it’s obvious there are some really good candidates.”

Council members earlier approved a timeline for the city manager search that culminates with interviewing finalists and making a selection the week of Aug. 13-17.

The city has advertised the job in Texas newspapers, on the city’s Web site, and on Web sites for municipal organizations.

Council members closed the application period on July 16.