Longtime Hayner employee gets top job [The Telegraph, Alton, Ill.]
(Telegraph (Alton, IL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 24--ALTON -- The new executive director of the Hayner Public Library District already is more than familiar with its operations and facilities, having logged 20 years as a volunteer and employee.
On Thursday evening, Hayner's Board of Trustees named interim Executive Director Bernadette Duvernoy, 59, of Godfrey, as permanent executive director.
She said Friday the promotion is effective immediately.
Duvernoy has served as interim director since February, while former executive director Jeffrey A. Owen was on medical leave.
"I love the Library District; I appreciate how valuable the library is to the community," Duvernoy said. "I hope to do whatever I can do to augment that value."
Duvernoy said a priority for her is to solicit input from the community as to what it needs and wants from the library, and then develop a plan for Hayner to better serve the public.
Board President Dan St. Peters said the vote was unanimous to promote Duvernoy.
"She seems to be very proactive and a team player," he said.
While the board has discussed salary ranges while meeting in closed, executive session, St. Peters said it has not set pay for Duvernoy or provided her with a contract to sign.
When Owen left, his annual salary was $89,451.96.
A native of New York City, Duvernoy moved to the Alton area in 1992 with husband Rick Lauschke, who she met in Chicago. Lauschke served many years on the library board, including as president, but chose to not run for another term in the consolidated election last April 9.
Duvernoy said she began volunteering at Hayner in 1994, was hired the next year as a part-time circulation clerk, then moved to full-time status in 1995.
In 1999, Duvernoy became Hayner's assistant director of public relations and marketing, and continued with those duties while serving as interim director. Among those responsibilities are setting up concerts and other events and publishing its quarterly newsletter.
She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut. She subsequently worked in marketing for IBM in New York, Dallas and Chicago. Duvernoy said her business experience is an advantage as executive director of the library district, which serves Alton, Godfrey and Foster townships.
The board fired Owen on April 25, after he had not worked since last Nov. 13, "for failure to appear for work and attend to library business for over 60 days," the panel's motion said.
The board subsequently advertised the job opening on Hayner's website.
St. Peters said earlier this summer that members were pleased with Duvernoy, and not in a hurry to search for the new executive director.
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