UPDATE 11/6/13 @ 4:25 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) - A new city manager has been named in Ashland.
The Ashland City Commission announced Benjamin Bitter as the new city manager Wednesday.
Bitter currently lives in Casa Grande, Arizona. He is an employee at the city manager's office there.
Bitter's first day on the job in Ashland will be December 9.
He tells WSAZ.com that he is married and has two young daughters. His family plans to find a new place to live in Ashland within the next month.
During a meeting Thursday, Mayor Chuck Charles says commissioners went into executive session. They discussed potential candidates for the job.
Commissioner Kevin Gunderson tells WSAZ.com they have reached a consensus and are waiting to see if that person will accept the position.
After executive session, they recessed until Monday. Mayor Charles says at that time, they hope to announce the new manager.
Gunderson says current City Manager Steve Corbitt is retiring.
Gunderson tells WSAZ.com they used a consulting firm and narrowed down the 59 applicants to six. One of those dropped out and last week, they interviewed five candidates.
Gunderson says two of the candidates are local, and three are from outside the area.
Commissioners have not released the names of the candidates.
The new city manager is expected to take over around December 1.