It’s been a rough couple of years for the North Riverside Public Library District. In addition to suffering a referendum defeat that let the air out of a proposed long-term capital maintenance plan, the library has had three directors in the past three years — the latest bowing out unexpectedly at the end of the summer.

In addition, the loss of a couple of other key staffers has laid down a challenge to the library board to tighten up the library’s administrative structure, including creating an assistant director position and filling the role with a longtime department head who knows how things — like the payroll system — operate.

In addition, the library board has reached out to a veteran library director to serve as an interim while they hammer out a job description for the new hire.

So despite the sudden loss of another director, it seems like the library board has worked quickly to steady the day-to-day administration of the facility.

Here’s hoping the search for a new director reveals a candidate who will fit well in North Riverside and provide the stable leadership the organization deserves.

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