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Search continues for library staff

A total of 10 individuals have applied for the position of South Boston Library branch manager, according to Library Director Joseph Zappacosta.

The deadline was Sept. 20.

The library board began searching for someone to fill the position left vacant when former branch manager Jessika Pettit resigned at the end of August after holding the position for two years. 

As branch manger, she was responsible for managing operations at the South Boston branch library.

A native of Jefferson City, Tenn., Pettit decided to explore another business opportunity that took her back to her hometown of Jefferson City, Tenn.

After Pettit left, Zappacosta said he has  been splitting his time between the libraries in Halifax and South Boston three days a week. 

The Library Board met Wednesday afternoon to consider the applications behind closed doors.

After emerging from closed session, the board took no action pertaining to hiring a replacement for Pettit. 

 “I have received a total of 10 applicants. Out of the 10, I have given five preliminary phone interviews. I plan to look at qualifications, experience and matching of skills to narrow the applicants down to three,” Zappacosta said Thursday. “I will give those three to the committee to decide where to go next in my absence. The board has not given any indication whether they will use those three or go back to the full pile of applicants.” 

Since Zappacosta’s last day as library director is Monday, the library board will be in charge of finishing the hiring process, he said.

Pettit announced her resignation in August, and Zappacosta announced his resignation on Sept. 10 at the Halifax County-South Boston Library Board’s monthly meeting. 

Zappacosta, who has held the library director’s job here for almost two and a half years, said he plans to continue living with his family in South Boston after he starts work as director of the Danville Public Library on Oct. 1.

Library Board Chairman Bee Edmunds Espy praised Zappacosta for his work in the county libraries and said the board will miss him.

Espy will be in charge in Zappacosta’s absence until a new director is hired. 

Zappacosta said no current timeline has been set for when a new branch manger will be hired, but he feels the board would like to hire someone as soon as possible.  

In the meantime, the library board also will be searching for a new library director, but Zappacosta said no timeline had been set for hiring someone for that position either.