The Wharves Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to officially hire the Port of Galveston’s next leader.

Chairman Ted O’Rourke confirmed a special meeting was tentatively planned for Monday afternoon to vote on the new port director.

The meeting is planned for the afternoon so all seven trustees can be present, O’Rourke said.

“I need all seven,” he said.

The announcement comes after the port’s governing board held second interviews with the two finalists for the port director position last week.

Trustees have been searching for a new port director since Michael Mierzwa retired last year after four years on the job.

Almost 30 people applied for the open position.

Port officials on Nov. 17 announced that two finalists remained in the search for the next port director. Those were Rodger Rees, the deputy executive director and chief financial officer of Canaveral Port Authority; and Kristine Zortman, vice president of neighborhood investment for Civic San Diego and a former principal of commercial assets at the Port of San Diego.

O’Rourke in June was named chairman and vowed to have a new director working by Jan. 1.

Some trustees have said that deadline might be unrealistic.

Before the special meeting announcement, the wharves board’s next scheduled meeting is Dec. 18, which would be exactly two weeks before Jan. 1 for trustees to negotiate and the selected candidate to give notice if trustees took action.

The special meeting will officially be posted today, O’Rourke said.

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