Search begins for new library director

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The Friends of the Williamsburg Regional Library present a grant check. (L-R): Ethell Hill, Michael Westfall, President Sandra Stephan, Pat Walsh, Marie Haynes, Vice President Joan Costello, Matt Webster, Library Director Genevieve S. Owens and Jim Bowers (Submitted)
The Friends of the Williamsburg Regional Library present a grant check. (L-R): Ethell Hill, Michael Westfall, President Sandra Stephan, Pat Walsh, Marie Haynes, Vice President Joan Costello, Matt Webster, Library Director Genevieve S. Owens and Jim Bowers (Submitted)

The search is underway for a new executive director of the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Bill Porter, chair of the WRL Board of Trustees, said the board appointed a five-person subcommittee to work with James City County human resources to find a new director.

The subcommittee includes two members from James City County, two from the City of Williamsburg and one from York County. The subcommittee will meet at 3 p.m. July 27 at the Stryker Center.

Porter confirmed that Janet Crowther, the assistant director, said she would not apply for the position of executive director. He said the library would have launched a national search for a director regardless of her decision.

Crowther will serve as interim director during the search. She was officially appointed July 12.

The new director will replace Genevieve Owens, a former assistant director who was appointed executive director in February 2014.

Owens, who had worked for the library since 1996, left her post in early July, Porter said. Her departure came shortly after she was arrested June 30 and charged with domestic assault and battery following a dispute over car keys.

Porter said the decision about Owens’ status as executive director was determined before the June 30 incident. Her annual review took place June 22.