HC Library executive director to resign Oct. 1
By Dwayne Bremer
Sep 26, 2017, 18:17
Courtney Thomas, the director of the Hancock County Library System, has tendered her resignation effective October 1.
"I had made this decision over the summer, but I wanted to see that the transition be made smoothly," Thomas said Tuesday. "I have always wanted what is best for the library system. I am proud of what we have all accomplished at the library system over the past four years. The library system has won awards and we are infinitely better that it was before."
Thomas' resignation comes after a tumultuous summer which saw the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland enter into a new library service agreement.
Over the course of the summer, Thomas said, she felt she was being "ineffective."
"The library system needs someone here that the local leaders are willing to work with," Thomas said. "If I cannot be effective, there is no point in being here. Actions speak louder than words."
Thomas said she holds no ill-will towards anyone and that the decision to step down was her decision.
"I'm going to take a little time off and finish some school classes," she said. "Everything happens for a reason. We will all move forward from this."
Thomas apparently informed the library's system's board of trustees of her resignation earlier this week.
It is unclear if the board has officially accepted it.
Board of Trustees Vice-Chairman Art Clementin said Tuesday that the board will likely make a public announcement about the situation on Wednesday.
The new service agreement with the library system begins on Monday.
Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Blaine LaFontaine said Tuesday that all of the appointments to the library board should be finalized by the end of October.
LaFontaine said it will be the library board's decision on when and who to hire as a new director. He also said he wanted to thank Thomas for her service.
"In light of the news, I think it needs to be stated that Courtney was an avid advocate for a strong library system and she needs to be applauded for that."