The city received 59 applications for the new position of economic development specialist, according to Jim Mason, assistant city manager.

"We're looking through the applications now and doing a formal screening," Mason said.Applications were due Friday, Aug. 18, and the city hopes to have the position, which pays $36,700 to $51,400 a year, filled within a month.

Layton officials created the position because of the the city's rapid growth and also to take some pressure off Scott Carter, community development director.

The City Council approved creation of the position last spring, and it had been advertised for several months.