The Maine Turnpike Authority’s board of directors will hold an emergency meeting this morning in executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

Turnpike authority spokesman Scott Tompkins said there may or may not be an announcement after the meeting, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the authority’s office, near Exit 46 in Portland.

The authority has been working to hire an interim executive director to replace Paul Violette, who resigned last week after weeks of legislative scrutiny of the authority’s spending practices.

Violette, who was executive director for 23 years, had been criticized for the authority’s “lavish” travel spending and for donating money and gift cards to groups that appeared to be outside the authority’s mission.

The board of directors has been compiling a list of candidates to serve as interim executive director.

Peter Mills, a former Republican legislator who ran for governor last year, said he has been mentioned as a candidate but has not had any discussions with the board.