Cindy Lovell will be tasked with coordinating, fundraising and implementing activities surrounding the Hannibal’s 2019 Bicentennial.

Less than three months after the Hannibal City Council approved creation of a bicentennial event director, the job is filled. On Tuesday night council members authorized entering into a service agreement with Dr. Cindy Lovell, to fill that temporary position.

Lovell will be tasked with coordinating, fundraising and implementing activities surrounding the Hannibal’s 2019 Bicentennial.

The agreement begins in January 2018. The contract runs no later than the end of December 2020.

According to Gail Bryant, Hannibal’s director of conventions and tourism, after being given the green light by the council in September the Bicentennial Finance Committee (BFC) began the “search for a highly-qualified, experienced candidate.” Step one was to issue a request for qualifications.

“The Hannibal CVB (convention and visitors bureau) and the city clerk’s office received calls and inquiries regarding the open position. The city clerk and I opened the submissions and distributed copies to members of the selection committee,” said Bryant. “The candidate went through an interview process with the selection committee at the end of October. It was a unanimous decision to move forward with this candidate (Lovell). Once the final candidate was selected, an agreement was created by the city’s legal counsel with the recommendations from the Bicentennial Steering Committee (BSC).”

According to the service agreement, which was obtained by the Courier-Post through a Freedom of Information request, the event director will be paid $10,000 within 45 days of signing the agreement, $10,000 in 60 days from the initial payment and $10,000 within 30 days of paid sponsorships exceeding a total of $50,000.

An incentive payment may also be paid at 5 percent of the net profit from concerts over the minimum net profit of $5,000 for each applicable successful concert.

Under terms of the agreement Lovell will work in cooperation of the BSC, under the supervision of the BFC.

Lovell is no stranger to Hannibal. She served as executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum for 4 ½ years, from October 2008 until March 2013.

“I wore many hats there — grant writer, development, special projects, spokesperson — and had the time of my life,” wrote Lovell in her LinkedIn profile.

Bryant told the council that Lovell’s knowledge of Mark Twain and Hannibal were not matched.

Lovell left Hannibal to become executive director of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn., a post she held until January of this year.

This year she has been teaching online courses on Mark Twain for Quincy University. She has also been serving as director of the Epic School of Imagination, a private school for students in grades 8-12.

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com