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Fayette agrees to fund library director

The Fayette County Commission has agreed to fund the position of library director for the Fayette County Public Library, in light of the funding being withdrawn by the Flint River Regional Library System.

At the Oct. 27 meeting, the commission voted 4-1 to create the position, with Commissioner Steve Brown voting against.

Brown said he would prefer to appoint an interim library director until a staffing study of the library could be completed to determine if the position could be filled through a reorganization of the existing library staff. Brown’s motion to do just that failed for lack of a second.

Brown suggested that the county should look “if there is a way to handle the workload efficiently with the current staffing that we have.”

Commissioner Robert Horgan asked if Brown was saying the library was currently run inefficiently, and Brown replied he was not.

The FRRLS told county officials several months ago that it would no longer be funding the position of library director, currently held by Christeen Snell. The county negotiated with FRRLS, which agreed to cover the expenditures through December.

The salary range for the position as approved by the commission is $67,100 to $102,000.

The job will be offered to Snell, according to County Manager Jack Krakeel, but the salary offer has not yet been determined.

The salary range was determined after getting input from a variety of sources including the job description, a salary study from the University of Georgia in 2007 and also from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Krakeel said.

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