KENDALLVILLE – The Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees faced two imminent staff departures during their first meeting in 2022.
Principal Katie Mullins resigned Tuesday evening, effective March 18, to accept the position of executive director of the Eckhart Public Library in Auburn. Mullins will take the reins from outgoing Executive Director Janelle Graber on April 18.
Janice DeLong, business manager of the Kendallville Public Library for 30 years, told the board she is retiring effective February 4. DeLong handled the library’s finances, required reporting, payroll, insurance, and human resources as the board meeting secretary.
DeLong has said, however, that she will not remain inactive in retirement. She plans to work for a small business in Fort Wayne.
The two main staff changes follow the October departure of longtime support services director Jenna Anderson, who left to become coordinator of Noble Thrive by 5, an Early Childhood Alliance program aimed at improving options. child care in Noble County.
In his report, Mullins said no new information was available regarding the requested utility gas easement for the nearby church of Casa De Oración. The owner of the building consults his lawyer on the possible solutions
The church buys the building, which once housed a doctor’s office, and must re-establish service with NIPSCO. A gas line that once served the property was removed years ago.
The saltwater aquarium was packed with cattle last week and the sea creatures are attracting interest from customers and visitors, Mullins said. Some people have come to the library just to see the aquarium after reading newspaper articles about it.
In other matters, the board has suspended its regular meeting to hold its required annual meeting of the finance board. Debbie Blaine has been re-elected as chair of the finance council. Brandi Hicks was re-elected secretary.
The finance board appointed KPC Media Group as the communications agency responsible for publishing the library’s legal disclaimer for 2022. Campbell & Fetter and Horizon banks were appointed as the library’s custodians before the board reconvened the regular meeting.
The board adjourned in executive session to discuss next steps to replace Mullins and DeLong. The job description of the business manager is posted on the library website: www.kendallvillelibrary.org