Newcomerstown Public Library Director Linda Hren submitted her resignation to the library's Board of Trustees last week.

Hren cited personal reasons for her resignation which will become effective Feb. 3. Until then, she will be using her vacation time.

"She's done a very good job," Sandalynn Henry, Newcomerstown Public Library Board of Trustees' president said. "We're very pleased with everything she's done."

Hren served as the librarian then the director of the Newcomerstown Public Library for the past 26 years. Most recently, Hren organized the successful replacement tax levy campaign this past November which allowed for operating expenses at the library since the state's hefty budget cuts.

She could also be found on Fridays during the library's weekly Farmers Market in the village.

Michelle Cox, an eight-year library staff member and assistant library director, will take over the helm as the interim director.

In the meantime, the Board of Trustees will be going over the job qualifications, job descriptions, salary, etc. However, Henry said searching for a new library director is a new process for most of the board members because Hren's tenure was more than a quarter of a century and library terms are for just seven years.

"We're all learning as we go," Cox said about the next library director.

Previously, the qualifications required that the individual who served as the library director had to have a Master's degree in Library Sciences. That may change. The requirements are all being left up to the board.

Henry said the job will be posted locally but also throughout Ohio.

Most of all, Henry said, "we just want her to be happy," referring to Hren's resignation.