PLANT CITY — Library Director Anne Haywood, who vastly expanded and improved Bruton Memorial Library, has retired after 23 years on the job.
Haywood, who was credited with bringing Bruton Memorial into the computer age, announced her retirement Friday and left the same day, Interim City Manager David Sollenberger said. She had mentioned retirement on previous occasions, he said.
Haywood, who was paid a little more than $78,000 a year, couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.
Haywood had been director of Bruton Memorial since 1991 and 20 years ago oversaw a $1.1 million expansion that more than doubled the size of the building to 19,500 square feet.
The city will search for a new director for the library at 302 W. McLendon St., Sollenberger said.
In the interim, Felix Haynes, retired president of the Plant City campus of Hillsborough Community College, has been hired to a newly created but temporary position, Special Assistant to the City Manager for Library Operations, Sollenberger said. Haynes will be paid $68,000 a year.
Also, library staff member Susan Miles has been appointed to serve as interim manager of library operations, Sollenberger said.
Sollenberger said he plans to meet with the incoming city manager, Mike Herr, to discuss how to proceed with filling the opening for library director. Herr is expected to start on Sept. 29, subject to city commission approval of his employment agreement.