HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown's mayor and some city council members support a mix of public and private interviews before picking the next council member.
The council is scheduled to publicly interview six applicants for 10 minutes apiece Tuesday, which Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said is enough time.
The following week, in a closed session, the council will interview finalists - possibly all six.
Sixteen people applied to replace Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire, who is leaving to be a Washington County commissioner next week. The council cut the list to six on Tuesday in a closed session.
The city council plans to swear in Aleshire's replacement Dec. 19.
Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the public will see applicants and hear their views Tuesday. Council meetings are televised.
The following week, private interviews are appropriate because "personal matters," such as family or employment, might be discussed, he said.
Bruchey said questions during the follow-up interview might be embarrassing.