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Geneva Library Board selects new library director

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 9:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:21 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva Public Library Board trustees Thursday approved the selection of a new library director.

Following a closed session, board trustees unanimously voted to offer a contract to Christine Lazaris at a salary of $91,000 a year. She has accepted the position.

"I think Christine will do a great job here," library President Esther Steel said. "I am very excited about the future."

Board trustees Susan Shivers and Steve Andersson were absent from the meeting.

Lazaris was among three candidates board members interviewed for the job. The library serves about 30,500 residents of Geneva and the surrounding area.

Lazaris currently serves as manager of access services at Skokie Public Library. She previously served as head librarian at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg.

It is not known when she will start.

The Geneva Library Board in April accepted the resignation of Assistant Library Director Matt Teske. Teske was library director for six years, but resigned in January. At the same meeting where the board accepted his resignation, the board majority immediately rehired him as an assistant director.

Teske had taken time off in November and December and had said at the time of his resignation that he had been dealing with depression and anxiety. In his resignation letter, Teske said serving as library director was not a good fit, but he would do better as an assistant director.

Teske also had served as assistant director before becoming director in 2008.

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