Taunton (Mass.) Contributory Retirement System picked Batterymarch, Dreyfus, Earnest Partners, Gabelli Asset Management and Daruma Asset Management as finalists in its search for a manager to run a $7 million core domestic small-cap equities portfolio, said Paul J. Slivinski, executive secretary. The system, with $107 million in assets, will interview finalists at its Feb. 16 board meeting. Fleet, the funds current domestic small-cap manager, was on watch, but its performance has recovered and the board will decide whether it will hire one of the finalists to replace Fleet. Segal Advisors assisted.