“The state will help with finding us an interim [executive director]. We hope to have the interim by Monday, Feb. 10,” Brown said. “We have to do a job description, and we will publicize it in about three weeks on the Georgia Public Library Service website, and wait for people to apply for the position.”
Reese joined the library team as a reference librarian. He later became a cataloger and eventually assistant director In 2003. He has served as the director for the past seven years.
“Growing up as a resident of Milledgeville and a life-long lover of the printed word, this was always my dream job and I want to thank everyone in the community for making my time as director such a pleasure,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity that I was given. When I took the job, I pictured myself spending the rest of my career here. I was very proud to be associated with the Baldwin County public library and I’ll genuinely miss it.”
During Reese’s tenure as director, he has served on the PINES Executive Committee as chair and the Regents Public Library Advisory Committee.
“During my time as director, we opened a new branch and relocated another. Our fundraising more than tripled over that same period, even in difficult financial times. It’s the first time in the library’s history where we serve everyone, from infancy to retirement age; we have programs for everyone,” he said. “Right now I’m looking at all of my options. I was born in Milledgeville but I live in Gray. I’m hoping to stay in the area and I’ll still write as a side thing.”
Davidson began her career at the local library in 2001 as a page before she worked her way up the ranks to have a hand in various areas within the library. She has been assistant director since 2006. Davidson now looks forward to “something completely different” in the Atlanta area.