BENTON -- Selecting a new supervisor for the Scott County Highway Department will be the last item of business for Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel -- or not.
Scott County commissioners interviewed candidates for the position from 8-10:30 a.m. during their regular meeting Tuesday.
"We interviewed seven people for the job," Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said. "We've interviewed everyone and now we're going to go through the process of discussing each candidate. We're really pleased with all the applicants -- they are all very qualified people. I don't think we could go wrong with any one that we select."
Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said commissioners put off a decision until their next regular meeting Thursday to give themselves some time to carefully consider all the applicants.
Priggel said he intends to go along with the wishes of Ziegenhorn and Commissioner Jamie Burger as they are the ones who will be around to work with the new supervisor. Priggel's term ends Sunday with Burger slated to step up to the presiding commissioner's seat on Monday.
It is possible commissioners may even wait until after the first of the year to make a final decision, Priggel said.
The current supervisor, Harlan Duncan, advised commissioners earlier this year that he is retiring from the position.
Ziegenhorn said Duncan will actually stay with the department until Feb. 28 to ease the transition of the new supervisor.
Duncan began working for the Scott County highway department in 1991, according to Ziegenhorn, and stayed with the department until 1999. He then returned to the department as supervisor on Dec. 3, 2001.
"He's done an excellent job - we're sorry we're going to lose him," Ziegenhorn said. "Hopefully we'll have someone hired by the first of the year as his replacement."
On Thursday, Lisa Mullin of rural Sikeston was hired as the county's new 911 director.
"We've had two major positions to fill at the end of the year," Ziegenhorn noted.
Mullin, who has a military background, was formerly a dispatcher for the Scott County Sheriff's Department before becoming an employee of the Scott County Communications Center. She has been a dispatcher for 18 months.
As with the highway supervisor job, "we had a lot of good applicants," Ziegenhorn said. "There were a lot of qualified people interviewed for E-911 supervisor."