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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Turner steps down as Lansing library director

  • Lansing officials confirmed the resignation next week of the Lansing Community Library Director Kim Turner.
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  • Lansing officials confirmed the resignation next week of the Lansing Community Library Director Kim Turner.
    City Administrator Mike Smith said Turner's resignation is effective May 1, having submitted a letter informing the city of her decision two weeks before.
    “She's not in the office now,” Smith said, though he declined to provide details on her departure.
    Turner was hired at the library in 2009 after her husband, Ken, retired from the military. She oversaw the transition of the facility from its first location inside a small space at the Lansing Activity Center to the city's renovated Municipal Center, across the street from City Hall.
    “She did a really good job for us,” he said. “She came with a lot of ideas.”
    Library volunteer Diana Hanley submitted a few comments from library users to the Leavenworth Times to indicate the community's appreciation of Turner's tenure.
    “Thank you for creating such a wonderful and fun story time. You are amazing, making such a positive difference in our children’s lives and for military families, making it a memorable time,” said one of the submitted comments.
    Smith said the city is already on the lookout for Turner's replacement. He estimated the process will take about 60 to 90 days.
    “A good director is hard to find,” he said, adding that the city hopes to continue many of the programs started under Turner's leadership.
    In the meantime, Smith said he put together a group of existing department managers to serve as the acting administrators for the library, with volunteers helping to run the facility as well. The city also announced Thursday that the library's hours will be amended until further notice. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library will be closed Sunday.

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