More than two dozen Rim country residents responded to Gila County's call for letters of interest in the job of Payson area constable.
The board of supervisors was scheduled to appoint someone Jan. 6 to fill the vacancy created by Eddie Armer's health-related resignation. However, with 25 to 30 applicants to review, the decision was made to put the appointment on hold and create a committee to look over the letters of interest.
The committee appointed to review the applications includes County Manager John Nelson, Sheriff John Armer and Lionel Martinez, legislative liaison for the supervisors.
Supervisor Ron Christensen said he expects to have the committee's report by Jan. 13.
"They'll recommend four or five people to me and then we'll interview," Christensen said.
The job pays about $40,000 due to the size of the territory the constable covers, Christensen said. County Elections Director Dixie Mundy said the territory goes up to Pine and Strawberry, east to Christopher Creek and as far south as Tonto Basin.
"The person the supervisors appoint will have to run for election this year," she said.
The election is another factor weighing on the constable appointment, according to Christensen.
"We want to be as careful and as diligent as we can," he said. "We want someone who knows they are going to have to be elected to the office, not someone who just wants to stay in it a few months."