MERIDEN — Seven months after being hired as director of the public library, Melissa Fournier will resign effective Friday.
Fournier notified the library’s Board of Directors that she is resigning due to “personal and family reasons,” board president Joan Edgerly said. Fournier couldn’t be reached for comment
“I was surprised and disappointed. I liked her and I liked her approach and it was just unfortunate that she felt it was something she could not continue,” Edgerly said.
Fournier stopped working as director on Feb. 12, according to Edgerly, but her resignation won’t become official until Friday due to language in her contract.
City Manager Tim Coon said the city tried to work with Fournier to help her stay, but it was clear she wasn’t able to.
“I was disappointed...We thought she was doing a good job, but people have to make the decision that's best for them,” Coon said.
Before coming to Meriden, Fournier was a public library director in Stow, Massachusetts, a small town of about 7,000 people 20 miles west of Boston.
She was hired to replace longtime director Karen Roesler, who retired last year under an incentive program offered by the city.
The city has posted the position and hopes to fill it in the coming months, Edgerly said.
In the meantime, the board has hired city resident Marian Amodeo as interim director. Amodeo, who retired in September as director of Hamden’s public library, has lived in Meriden for 24 years.
“This temporary, part-time job is allowing me to meet the Meriden community and interact with my neighbors,” she said.
Amodeo, who is not interested in the permanent job, said the library is “running beautifully” despite the turnover. In addition to the director, about eight other employees also retired from the library last year under the retirement incentive program, Edgerly said.
“It’s a wonderful, very engaging and motivated staff, and they're committed to the work, so that makes my job easy,” Amodeo said.
The director position has been posted at a salary range of $95,000 to $105,000, according to a job posting on the city’s website.