Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library searching for new director


By Heather Lusk


The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library is in search of a new executive director as Kelly Fann has departed to focus on a family health issue.

Fann officially stepped down on Sept. 22. The search for a new executive director is under way with Assistant Director Mary Rueff taking over the position in the interim.

An executive search firm will help narrow down the initial prospects, allowing the board to focus on solid candidates for the role.

The board will then interview and make a final decision.

Library Board of Trustees President Sandy Sifferlen said the board is looking for an executive director with vision, experience in the library world and leadership and communication skills.

“We hope to have that position filled in the near future so staff and community and all stakeholders have confidence in the leadership of the organization,” she said.

“We are so lucky to have such a talented and wonderful staff that can fill the interim void until we can get this position filled,” Sifferlen said. “I thank Kelly for all of her prior leadership to get everything set up to the point it is today.”

When Fann arrived at the library in early 2016 she helped with action steps for a strategic plan that was being put into place.

“That is really guiding us day to day,” said Virginia Hilbert, HMMPL marketing director. “That was a key accomplishment for her and for the whole library.”

Fann left her mark with programs and processes under way and many expected in the future.

“She set us on a really firm foundation to move forward,” Hilbert said.