Mayor Gene Robinson said because some candidates would want discretion, the council would not yet release names.
More than 60 people applied for Anniston's vacant city manager position.
Each councilman and Robinson brought their top 10 picks to Tuesday night's council meeting. The members did not discuss the applicants, but based on overlapping top-10 choices among the members, they narrowed them to a semi-final list of 10.
They plan to further narrow to five candidates at a future meeting, which has not yet been set.
Former City Manager George Monk resigned in December when he and the council could not agree on contract terms. Police Chief John Dryden is serving as interim city manager.
In other action, the council:
• tabled a resolution to accept roads in McClellan. Councilman David Dawson moved to table as he said several legalities of the issue have not been answered. Dawson said he supports accepting the roads, but wants to do it properly. Although McClellan is in the city limits of Anniston, the city is not yet legally responsible for traffic on many of its roads.
• tabled a motion by Councilman Ben Little to ask the Army to provide title for property it has conveyed to the city.
• rejected bids for the Chalk Line cleanup as they did not meet bid specifications. The council will rebid that project.
• voted to join a lawsuit against travel Web sites like Hotwire and Expedia. Other Alabama cities are suing the sites for tax money. The lawsuit won't cost Anniston anything.
• voted to reimburse Councilman Herbert Palmore $83.50 for expenses incurred while he attended the National League of Cities meeting in March.
• ordered 12 dilapidated structures knocked down.
• ordered five abandoned vehicles removed.
• reappointed John Blue and Larry Deason to the Regional Medical Center board.
• authorized submission of a grant application to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant for the Anniston Museum of Natural History.
• approved a beer and wine application for HMEP, located at 251 Straub Circle.
• passed a motion supporting identifying incentives to promote development at the Greenbrier Shopping Center.
• asked city staff to present the city's pandemic emergency preparedness plans at the next council meeting.