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Ridgefield Library Search Committee Looks To Interview Director Candidates

Ridgefield Library Director Chris Nolan will retire at the end of the year.
Ridgefield Library Director Chris Nolan will retire at the end of the year. Photo Credit: File photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — The Search Committee at the Ridgefield Library is looking at candidates to fill the job of director as Chris Nolan prepares to retire at the end of the year.

According to the library website, the Ridgefield Library's Board of Directors formed a Search Committee made up of board members and other library supporters. The board hired Bradbury Associates, a nationally recognized search firm specializing in library executive searches, to assist in the hiring process.

Liz Kelly and Matt Byrnes are co-chairs of the Search Committee.

The Bradbury team visited Ridgefield at the end of June to meet with staff, the full Library Board, the Search Committee and community stakeholders.

In addition, the Search Committee held information sessions with Ridgefield residents to gather thoughts about the library and what to look for in a new director. This collected data became part of the search process.

The position was officially posted with applications accepted throughout July and August, with the application deadline on Aug. 28.

In total, over 30 applications from qualified candidates were received.

The Search Committee will soon begin the process of interviewing candidates, with the intention of hiring a new director to start in January.

If you have questions or would like to provide input to the Search Committee, contact

in January, Nolan announced her intention to retire after a 16-year career at the Ridgefield Library.

Nolan, who was named the Ridgefield Rotary Citizen of the Year for 2015, played an important role in the libray's expansion project from 2012 to 2014.

She has also been involved with community groups such as the Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters.

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