Library terminates director, hires interim leader


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Public Library is going through a change in leadership.

At a special meeting Friday afternoon, the library board voted 6-0 to terminate Director Angie Haake. The seventh member, Mary Jeanne Schumacher was absent. The vote came after an executive session held on April 1.

The board did not publicly give a reason for the termination, and Haake declined to comment.

Following the vote to terminate, the board voted 6-0 to hire Kathleen Lett as interim director. Lett served as director of the library until her retirement in 2013. Board member Chris Neu said Lett’s main job will be hiring a new director.

The board also hired back Lynn Hensley. Hensley served as the library’s children’s librarian until the end of last year when she resigned. The board did not specify a position for Hensley, leaving that decision to Lett.

Immediately after the board’s votes, current children’s librarian Shannon Werne submitted her letter of resignation, which the board approved. Board President Casey Lindeman abstained as he is related to Werne.

The change in leadership comes about two months after the library began the strategic planning process with Kimberly Bolan & Associates of Carmel.

The board also:

Discussed the status of the strategic plan and widening the pool for stakeholder input groups. Currently, the groups are made up of 12 women and one man.

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