The Twin Lakes Library System executive and assistant directors will soon both say farewell after serving the Twin Lakes Library System and the community for more than a decade.
Library Executive Director Barry Reese and Assistant Director LaToya Davidson both turned in their resignations Wednesday. Their last official day at work will be Saturday, Feb. 8.
“It’s time for a new voice to be heard at the library. I’ve been here for a long time, and it’s time for someone with fresher ideas. The next person will do some wonderful things,” Reese said. “With the budget battles as I have had, the library is really going to benefit from it and hopefully so will I. I’m excited to see who comes in next and I’ll continue to use the library and hope everybody does.”
“Very few people understand the intricacies of working in library administration, and I’m a better person for having done so. It’s hard to say goodbye, but I know it’s the right time,” Davidson added. “More than anything I’ll miss working with the person I have called my best friend for almost a decade. [Reese] and I have been a real team, even when we completely disagree with each other we have always agreed on putting the needs of our patrons first as well as treating our staff more like family. I’m excited for the library and the future, both for myself and the system. I have no regrets.”
The library is governed by an eight-member board of trustees with appointments from the city, county and board of education. Dorothy Brown, chair of the library board, said the state did not provide funding for the assistant director’s position for the coming year, and as a result, the position will not be filled. A search committee consisting of members of the library board and staff will seek to fill the full-time executive director’s position.