Librarian Expected to Call it Quits

By: Sabrina Zimring Email
By: Sabrina Zimring Email

Longtime Bay County library director George Vickery has been opposed to the county's plan to dissolve the Northwest Florida regional library system from the beginning.

While Vickery hasn't formally announced his resignation, he's told board members he doesn't intend to stay on board long enough to become a county employee.

"He said he'd go ahead and resign and retire. I feel badly and I wish it wouldn't happen because Mr. Vickery is an outstanding librarian. He's community minded. He brought us into the 21st century admirably."

Hubbard says she understands why Vickery wants to call it quits.

"I think it would be very painful not to have anything to do with the new library and to see all that he's done to promote this temple of education of learning."

"Any time changes are made, there are always people upset for one reason or another. Either personal loyalties, countless reasons."

But County Commissioner Jerry Girvin insists with or without Vickey the county will move forward with a plan that will hopefully benefit everyone.

"A decision was made by the board. We'll move forward. I think it will be good for employees. Better benefits. It pinpoints responsibility; the ball is in the county's court. If we don't fulfill our obligations and requirements, it's our fault."

Board members and county officials are already looking into the future.

"When the county takes over we'll appoint an interim librarian. There are state requirements that require a librarian’s degree. There are several people here who have that degree and I suspect one of those would be appointed as the interim library directors down the line. They may end up becoming the librarian."

Vickery's last day will reportedly be March 31, the day before the county officially takes over library operations.


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