DESTIN — At tonight's City Council meeting, the mayor and each of the seven council members plan to provide individual lists of their top city manager candidates.

Each list will consist of about 10 top candidates.

Buz Eddy, a senior adviser with the Florida City and County Management Association and International City/County Management Association, is helping Destin with the search for a new manager.

Based on direction from the council, Eddy and city Human Resources Manager Karen Jankowski on Tuesday could review the individual candidate lists, see where there are consistencies in the different rankings and provide a short list of five to seven finalists.

The council could review the short list at its Nov. 5 meeting and decide which finalists will be interviewed for the job. The interviews likely will take place during a special council meeting, Jankowski said.

Fifty-five candidates had applied for the job. Two candidates since have found jobs elsewhere to bring the number of candidates to 53.

Carisse LeJeune resigned as Destin’s city manager this past summer after two years on the job. LeJeune’s departure came after a majority of the council cited concerns such as a lack of trust in her and a division between staff and the council.

Lance Johnson, who had served as Destin’s parks and recreation director since 2006, is serving as interim city manager and has applied for the long-term position.

The salary range is $123,000 to $140,000.

Tonight's council meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Annex.