KALISPELL, Mont. -

The city of Kalispell has announced three finalists for the city manager position.

The selection committee narrowed the field of 44 applicants to four, but one had to withdraw.

Candidate Doug Russell is the current city manager of Yankton, S.D.

Tom Steele, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, has over 29 years of experience as a city manager.

John Sutherland Jr. most recently served as county manager of Luna County New Mexico.

Finalists have been invited to come to Kalispell to tour the area at the end of March.

Applications were turned over to the selection committee in January. People applying needed to show some form of city, county or state government experience, and officials say the strongest candidates they saw had been a city manager before.

Click here to read a press release issued by the city with more information on the candidates and the selection process.