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Interim Library Director: Search for new director appears complete

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Former Roswell Public Library Director Betty Long, in an August 2016 photo. Long retired last fall after 31 years in the position. A search for her successor has been in process since June 2016, when Long announced her upcoming retirement. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

The Roswell Public Library director search appears to be completed, according to Interim Director Tomas Gonzalez.

He said that a new director is expected to join the library in November. Details were not available.

The city Human Resources Office referred questions to another city staff member, who was not expected to be available for comment until next week.

The library has been looking for someone to lead the organization for about 14 months. The city made an offer to someone this spring that did not work out, according to library Board of Trustee minutes posted on the city website.

“In addition to his written report, Interim Director Matt Gormley reported that the Library Director who had been hired and who had accepted the position had cancelled out, so the search will begin anew,” the May 25 minutes indicate.

Gormley, adult services librarian for about five years, had served as interim director from September 2016 until August 2017. Gonzalez, who has been at the library for about 10 years, said he has been filling the top post for the past two months.

Gormley and Gonzalez have been serving in the interim positions since Betty Long announced her upcoming retirement in June 2016. She had served in the post for 31 years.

According to the city of Roswell job position announcement, the director will earn from $56,441 to $69,415 a year. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in library science and six years of experience managing a public library, or an equivalent amount of experience and education.

Troy Hays, a local certified public accountant who serves with the Roswell Public Library Foundation, said the organization had agreed in principle to assist a new director in relocation expenses if necessary. He said he was aware that an offer had been made to someone who did not require that assistance. He added that, to his knowledge, no one from the foundation has served on the selection committee.

Posted minutes from a March 23 meeting of the library Board of Trustees indicate that the position initially had been offered and accepted in the spring by a former school librarian and a staff member with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

The library employs about 22 people. It was founded in 1906 on West Third Street as the Carnegie Library. It moved to its current location at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in 1978.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.