Sufficient interest to assume the vacant borough manager position in Slatington has been expressed.

However, candidates who applied must wait at least a half year - or longer- before they learn if they've been chosen to fill the post.

Contacted Wednesday, a borough secretary said "a lot of applications" were received as of yesterday's deadline.

But, the exact number of applications have not been tabulated as of yet, the secretary said.

Last month, Borough Council announced all resumes received will be held for at least six months before the position is filled, and added the time may be extended.

The decision to not fill the position is expected to save the borough about $60,000 next year, council said at that time.

In September, council agreed to advertise to fill the post after former borough Manager Steve Salvesen stepped down from the position on Sept. 8.

Appointed to the post Nov. 24 at a salary of $60,000, Salvesen - who was Slatington's third borough manager in a little over two years - said he left the position so he could retire.

Salvesen succeeded former borough Manager Herb Pfeiffer, who was fired on a 6-0 vote by council at a workshop session in May of 2009.

Hired Sept. 15, 2008, Pfeiffer replaced John Kasten, who resigned from the position in March of 2008.