Library leader resigns; county weighs replacing him

The interim director of the county library system has resigned, and the county administrator says he has yet to decide whether to name a replacement.

Ted Stark, who has overseen the closure this year of Jackson County's 15 library branches due to budget cuts, will take over as head of a library in a small Wisconsin town.

"There's a lot of uncertainty," said Stark. "I didn't see that there was a lot left for me to do."

The 56-year-old Shady Cove resident will run the Menomonie Public Library in a university town with a population of 15,000.

Stark accepted the interim job last winter when longtime Director Ronny Budge retired. Libraries closed in April, although some administrative work remains.

County Administrator Danny Jordan hires department managers but said he has not decided yet whether to name a replacement for Stark.

Stark's last day will be Aug. 17.

— Damian Mann

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