- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The longtime director of the Texas Music Office says Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has chosen not to keep him and already has a replacement in mind.

Director Casey Monahan tells the Austin American-Statesman that his last day will be in February. He was hired 25 years ago as the state’s top ambassador to the music industry when the office was created under Gov. Bill Clements in 1990.

Messages seeking comment by the newspaper were left Wednesday with representatives for Abbott, who will take office later this month.

Monahan’s forthcoming departure has upset some members of the Texas music community.

The South by Southwest managing director called his Monahan’s exit a serious blow for Texas music. He says he has helped many musicians and music companies bring business to the state.

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