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Former Fiscal Officer Returns To Library



The Archbold Community Library Board has rehired Jennifer Harkey, former library fiscal officer.

The board approved the action at its Wednesday, Jan. 9 meeting.

Harkey replaces Amy Wendt, who held the job since May.

Before taking official action to rehire Harkey, the library board met in executive session for about 10 minutes.

Family Emergency

In an email message after the meeting, Sonya Huser, library director, said Wendt’s decision to resign arose from a family emergency, giving the library board no warning or notice.

That, “coupled with the crucial time of year for all things fiscal, led to the rather immediate need to bypass the usual process of advertising and interviewing for a position and move quickly ahead with hiring an interim fiscal officer, who could fulfill his or her duties without need of training,” Huser said.

“It was just two days before year’s end when board president Jed Grisez and I learned of Amy Wendt’s resignation letter.

“Jennifer Harkey was the obvious choice for the interim position, as she was our own fiscal officer barely seven months ago.

“Luckily, we maintained a relationship with Jen Harkey. After she left, she continued to be a valuable resource even after she was gone.

“Due to the fact that very little time has passed since the last time the board went through the process of advertising for, interviewing, and hiring a fiscal officer, the board made the unanimous decision at their first meeting of 2019 to offer Harkey a permanent position at the library.”

History

Originally hired in 2009, Harkey, a certified public accountant, was the part-time fiscal officer at the Archbold and Delta libraries.

She resigned from both positions in April to become the fiscal officer at the village of Swanton.

In a Tuesday phone interview, Harkey said she will return to the Archbold library while keeping her job in Swanton.

“I love the library,” she said, adding rejoining the library staff “was like going home.”



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