LAWRENCEVILLE -- With its recently ousted director in the second row, the Gwinnett County Library Board of Trustees named an interim director Monday.
Liz Forster, the 15-branch system's deputy director, has been given the title until a permanent replacement is found for Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, who was fired without cause last week.
No action was taken on finding a new director. Board Chairman Dick Goodman said after the meeting that officials would consult with others about how to conduct a national search.
Stanbery-Kellam, who will receive a severance package equal to a year's salary of $121,414, according to her contract, attended Monday's session with her family. She has not spoken publicly since her ouster and declined comment after the meeting.
Last week, Goodman said the board wants new leadership to help redefine the library's purpose in the wake of dwindling funding and changing technology.
Also on Monday, the library board approved its $18.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins next month.
With county officials beginning to plan for the upcoming calendar year budget, the library board approved a request for its subsidy, seeking the return of $1 million cut in January. However, while the cut was directed toward the system's materials budget, the board has asked for the money in order to increase hours at its branches, Goodman said.