By Emily Le Coz | NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Nearly six months after Jan Willis’ departure, the Lee County Library hopes to have a new director named by the end of the year.
“The search committee is in the process of trying to hire the new director, and we hope to finalize that by Christmas,” said Glenda Segars, a member of the library Administrative Board of Trustees, as well as the four-person search committee.
Segars declined to provide details about the potential hire at this time, saying the committee hasn’t yet made a formal offer and still has negotiation ahead of it.
The committee has been seeking Willis’s replacement since Willis announced his retirement in March. He officially stepped down June 30, at which point then-Assistant Director Melissa Holekamp was named interim director.
At least two dozen hopefuls have applied for the job since spring. It’s unclear how many went through the interview process.
Holekamp wasn’t a candidate for the position, which requires an American Library Association-accredited master’s degree.