BELGRADE, Mont. -

People in Belgrade got the chance to meet the finalists for city manager Tuesday tonight. The city selected three candidates, and hosted a meet and greet this evening to introduce them to members of the community.

The city manager candidates are from three different parts of the country and have varied backgrounds. NBC Montana asked them why they're interested in coming to Belgrade.

"I have experience in a multitude of areas, so I think I can benefit a smaller place where you have a 'Jack of all trades,'" said Jack Cameron, one of the three men hoping to get the position.

Cameron is currently the administrator for the village of Evendale, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati. His background is in civil engineering, which he said will give him a leg up on important infrastructure projects.

"We like the West," he said. "We like Montana from what we've seen so far."

We asked why he wants to be the City Manager in Belgrade. He said he wants to "continue the Belgrade atmosphere that they have so far," and explained that so far, everyone has been extremely nice.

Ben Bifoss most recently served as the City Manager in Traverse City, Michigan.

"I have 35 years of experience in both public and private sector management," he said, "and I think that's a fairly unique combination in this business."

He said this fall he took a road trip with his wife, and they fell in love with Belgrade.

"My wife and I spent several weeks on the road this fall, and decided if were going to relocate, it would be within 25 miles of Belgrade," he explained. "Two weeks later, I'm looking at the city manager's web page and Belgrade's open."  

"I see Belgrade as a fun and interesting challenge because it has so much potential," said Ted Barkley, the third candidate. He's the current City Manager in Ellensburg, Washington. He started his career as a police officer before he switched over to city management.

He told NBC Montana that his heart is in Montana, and he'd love to take over the job in Belgrade.

"My wife is a Montana girl, and I'd promised at one point I'd take her home," Barkley explained.

In May, Joe Menicucci died after serving as the Belgrade City Manager for more than 20 years.

Organizers of the event Tuesday night said this meeting was for the community members and the potential city manager to see who would be the best fit for Belgrade.

The Belgrade City Council is set to discuss the candidates tomorrow at a special meeting. The meeting is open to the public and at Belgrade City Hall at 5 p.m.