DRACUT -- Selectmen have announced the order in which they will conduct public interviews on Tuesday of the three finalists vying to become Dracut's next town manager.

After bringing the special session to order before the Dracut Access TV cameras at Harmony Hall at 12:15 p.m., the board will invite North Reading Town Administrator Greg Balukonis to sit down first to be interviewed at 12:30 p.m.

Gloucester Chief Administrative Officer James Duggan will go second, starting at 2 p.m.

Salem, N.H., Town Manager Keith Hickey will be the third finalist interviewed at 3:30 p.m., according to Board of Selectmen secretary Shannon Rowe Beaulieu.

Each finalist is being allotted 75 to 90 minutes for their interviews, selectmen Chairwoman Cathy Richardson said.

The town has been without a permanent full-time manager since the Nov. 15 retirement of 28-year Town Manager Dennis Piendak. The board named Ann Vandal interim manager on Nov. 4.

After a previous search last fall, the board chose Andover's Assistant Town Manager Steven Bucuzzo to take the full-time job before two months of negotiations ended in failure.

Selectmen then re-advertised the position through the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management at a starting annual salary of $135,000.

The Dracut Town Manager Screening Committee selected Balukonis, Duggan and Hickey as their top three from an original pool of 22 applicants.

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