Somervell County Commissioners will meet Monday morning in closed, executive session to interview candidates for the position of public events director for the Expo Center and Texas Ampitheatre.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m.

In February commissioners voted to buy out the remainder of Dooley Managemet's contract to operate the Expo Center and Texas Ampitheatre so they could shift the job to a county employee arrangement.

Mike Dooley, owner of Dooley Management along with his wife, Tammy, had said he did not want to apply for the county job and therefore would be leaving the position.

Dooley's contract ran through the end of September. Buying out the remainder of it will cost the county an estimated $75,000.

The county retained Melvin Morgan, a consultant from Fort Worth, to help the county search for a facilities manager. At the time of Dooley's resignation, County Judge Mike Ford said he expected the search to take six to eight weeks.

For more than a year, the County Commissioners Court has been exploring the pros and cons of staying with an outside contractor or hiring a manager who was a full-time county employee. That is the most common arrangement, Ford said. He said there had been a "split" on the court about which management style to pursue.

The new manager will continue to oversee all events management. Ford said the salary hasn't been determined, but the contract will include incentive clauses for bringing more groups and events to the facilities.