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June 4, 2014

Birtell leaving Clinton library

CLINTON — Clinton Public Library Director Amy Birtell has submitted her resignation.

Birtell will stay with the Clinton library until June 20. She will begin her position as Eastern Shores Library System Director in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on July 7.

Clinton Public Library Board President Bart Leavens said the board met Tuesday to discuss preliminary planning stages for a replacement.

"After (Birtell's) last day in office, she has nine days of vacation, so we're not really without a director until early July," Leavens said. "We still have time to figure out how everything will work out."

The board is the process of finding the best avenues to advertise the director position.

Birtell joined the library in 2011. Leavens, who has been on the board for five years and has been president since January, said Birtell has shown the board what a director can do to make for a better library.

"The kind of services she provided to the people of Clinton and everything across the board has improved under her leadership," Leavens said. "We hope the best for her. The kind of qualities she brought to the position have opened my eyes to what we can expect and looking for in the future."

Since becoming the director, Birtell has overseen new promotions, events and a new bookmobile.

Birtell was a finalist for a library director position in Waukee in August 2013. Before coming to Clinton, Birtell had been the library director for Westgate and Tripoli public libraries.

The Eastern Shores Library System serves Ozaukee and Sheboygan County featuring a population of more than 200,000. A job posting for the position that Birtell accepted had a salary range between $58,000 to $62,400. In 2013, Birtell netted $64,500 as the Clinton Public Library director.

Attempts to reach Birtell were unsuccessful.

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