Ten more people have applied for the top position at the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission, bringing the total number of applicants to 78, according to records released Tuesday by BREC officials.

BREC Chairman Bill Benedetto said a consulting firm helping with the search might have a pared down list of the top 10 candidates ready to recommend to BREC’s board at its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The full board will cull the top 10 list to six finalists later this month, Benedetto said, and “face-to-face interviews” with the finalists will be held by mid-October.

“From this point on, the full commission will be involved,” Benedetto said.

BREC is seeking a replacement for Bill Palmer, who is winding up a 32-year career with the parks department.

Tuesday was the deadline to apply for the position.

The latest batch of applicants include: Ted Jack, an assistant superintendent of BREC; Jeffrey S. Caton, executive director of the Spartansburg, S.C., Park Commission; Brian G. Daly, director of parks and recreation in Charlottesville, Va.; and Stuart E. Johnson, assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of State Parks.

Also filing applications were: Kris Eric Jensen, director of sports and recreation at a recreational facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; and Donald P. MacInnis, a Waterbury, Conn., consultant and former director of parks and recreation in Orange, Conn.

The other new applicants were DuWayne Ordonez, a real estate broker who formerly worked for the parks and recreation department in Albuquerque; Kathy J. Pass of Denham Springs, an accounting specialist with a management company; Jason C. Stampley of Baton Rouge, a substitute teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system; and Jesse Underwood of Des Moines, Iowa, director of development for Grinnell College.

The latest applicants join 68 others whose names BREC released earlier this month in response to an Advocate request under the Louisiana Public Records Act.

The position has attracted a broad range of applicants from diverse backgrounds. In addition to current and former park system managers from several states, applicants include people working as consultants, retail store and restaurant managers, contractors, sales people and in a variety of other positions.

The job description for the position says the salary is negotiable and would be in the same range as those for similar positions elsewhere, according to Benedetto.