Meet the Director Candidates

We invite you to meet the candidates for the position of Kent District Library Director. A public forum will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 16 at the Wyoming branch. A question and answer roundtable will follow candidate presentations.

The candidates are:

  • David Clapp, retired as director of Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library System (Chattanooga, TN) in December, 2010
  • Lance M. Werner, chief executive officer of Capital Area District Library (Lansing, MI)

This is your opportunity to hear what each candidate has to say and get answers to the questions and concerns you may have regarding the future leadership of our library system. We hope to see you there.

Written by Katie


Katie is a Communications Assistant and helps spread the word about all the amazing things taking place at KDL. She loves her job so much that she returned to it following a four-year stint as a stay-at-home mom!

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5 Responses to “Meet the Director Candidates”

  1. Ellen Dyer Says:

    If I remember,this same thing was done last year. I’m disappointed in the recruiting team.

  2. G. M. Ross Says:

    You may have a right to be “disappointed,” but perhaps the recruiting team for K.D.L. is a mite short on “resources.” (Translation: staff/ money).
    Thirty years ago I had a job interview for an impecunious non-profit in the Upper Peninsula in which I had to pay half my air fare! Got the job, for better or worse . . ..

  3. Cheryl Garrison (KDL) Says:

    Yes, you are right that this is the second time we have gone through the recruitment process. Through no fault of the consultants, the final candidate in the first search turned down the offer for personal reasons. The KDL Board at that time decided to reopen the search. Hope to see you at the Meet the Director Candidates event tonight!

    Cheryl Garrison, Interim Director

  4. Catherine Stout Says:

    The Kent District Library has a bad reputation in regard to both the quality of its leadership and the manner in which it treats its employees. It is not surprising that the Board is having trouble finding someone willing to take on these long-standing problems.
    Of course, I fully expect this comment to be “reviewed and edited”!

  5. Eric Says:

    While we certainly don’t agree with all of the opinions expressed on our blog, we do appreciate the feedback. Unless a comment directly violates our listed guidelines (, we make every attempt to limit censorship. With our new Director starting on May 2, we’re confident that the leadership of the library is in capable hands and we hope you will continue to take advantage of all the services KDL has to offer.

    Thank you,

    Eric DeHaan
    KDL Communications Manager