The vacant Lauderdale County license commissioner position could be filled soon, officials said.
"It's my understanding that the interviewing has begun," Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock said Thursday.
Haddock served as license commissioner for 20 years. He gave up the position Oct. 31 after he was elected mayor.
By law, Gov. Robert Bentley is responsible for naming a replacement to complete the six-year term.
Jennifer Ardis, a spokeswoman for Bentley, said the governor's office has received approximately 20 applications.
"Some of those candidates will be interviewed and the governor will make a decision," Ardis said.
She said the decision will be "pretty soon."
Haddock said he has been told the appointment could be made within the next few days.
"I was told they have some really good, qualified applicants, which is encouraging," Haddock said.
Former license commissioner, Peggy Killen, who has supernumerary status, has assumed the role. Killen left office in 1992. Haddock was elected to fill her position.
Haddock said the license commissioner's office is continuing to operate smoothly.
"There is a very experienced staff, and they can handle anything that comes up," Haddock said. "Peggy has been on the job since I left, and the office is operating as usual."
In Lauderdale County, the position carries a starting annual salary of $76,185.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.