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Search for Coast Coliseum director down to 4

BILOXI — Four candidates remain for the jobs of executive director of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.

The Coliseum Commission on Thursday whittled the applications down from 18 to four.

The new director will replace Bill Holmes, who is retiring in August.

The names of the four candidates have not been released.

Commission member Mark Mavar told The Sun Herald applicants came from all around the country from California to Connecticut.

“Some of them were out of our price range,” he said, “but all of them are very qualified.”

The salary wasn’t advertised, but Mavar said he expects it will be in line with the $140,000 Holmes is paid.

Mavar said one of the finalists is local and the other three are from California, Texas and Florida.

The commission has offered the final four candidates the opportunity to come to Biloxi at their own expense or meet with them online via Skype, Mavar said. Commissioners Johnny Atherton and Walter Blessey will ask questions submitted by all seven members.

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