Dougherty library panel begins search for director

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Public Library Board of Trustees Search Committee held a closed meeting Thursday to set the guidelines for the search process to fill the county's vacant library director position.

The committee will sift through 15 applications before the full Library Board's March meeting and narrow the list of candidates to three, Search Committee Chairman James Hill said after Thursday's meeting, held at the library system's Northwest branch. The board will interview the three finalists and eventually select the new director for the system.

The position became vacant earlier this month when interim Library Director Mary Antoine informed the Library Board of her plans to return to Atlanta. Antoine had been named interim director when then-director Ashley Moore died suddenly of heart complications.

Former Library Director Mike Dugan, who retired after serving in that capacity for 18 years, is currently serving as interim director of the library system.

"I've purposely avoided looking at the applications we've received so that every applicant will know he or she was given the same consideration," Hill said. "We'll begin the process of reviewing the applications next week. I'd like to have the candidates narrowed to three by the time we hold our March meeting."

Hill and Library Board members Brenda Hodges-Tiller and Karen Liebert comprise the Search Committee.