Candidates for a new maintenance position at the Osage County Fairgrounds were interviewed as part of Monday’s County Commission meeting.

During a nearly two hourlong executive session, Commissioners conducted interviews with five applicants. At the conclusion of the session, the three commissioners designated one of the five as their top candidate. Their choice’s name is not being released until additional personnel matters have been concluded, county officials said.

Interim District 1 Interim Commissioner Jerry Howerton said all five candidates were well qualified, making the selection process something of a challenge.

Earlier in the Monday meeting, the site manager for the Fairgrounds’ Extension Services Building construction project, reported work has continued to progress on or slightly ahead of schedule, even though some weather-related issues had recently been encountered. Hogan of Oakridge Builders Inc. said the structure is approximately 95 percent complete and the installation of interior walls and utilitiies is now under way.

The new Extension Services building is located at the southeast corner of the fairgrounds property, near the corner of St. Paul Avenue and Skyline Drive. It is expected to be ready for use in August or September, officials added.