The council got 64 applications for its vacant city manager position. The city stopped taking applications April 15.
Each councilman and the mayor on Tuesday will bring his top 10 names to the meeting. The council plans to discuss those applicants and reach consensus on the best 10 for the job.
"I think we may be able to pare it down pretty quickly," Councilman David Dawson said. "We might have a lot of the same candidates at the top."
Once the top 10 is established, the council will meet again May 19 to figure out the top five. The city will bring those five in for interviews.
The council also discussed what the new city manager's salary should be. The city advertised that it would be $90,000 to $120,000.
Most councilmen suggested starting the new manager around $90,000 with an incentive plan to potentially earn more.
Councilman Ben Little said the council needs to wait and see what the new manager has to offer, as he or she may be worth the entire $120,000.
Former City Manager George Monk made $120,000 a year. Monk resigned in December.
Anniston Police Chief John Dryden is serving as interim city manager.