After a little more than a year on the job, Elisa Topper has resigned her position as the director of the Bettendorf Public Library.

Topper, who began her duties last January, submitted a letter of resignation to the library board on Tuesday, citing family reasons, City Administrator Decker Ploehn said. The board voted to accept her resignation Thursday night.

Kathleen Richlen, the city’s director of human resources, will take over as interim library director until a new director can be named, Ploehn said. Community Development Director Bill Connors and Public Works Director Brian Schmidt will take over management of a library renovation project that is scheduled to begin soon.

Ploehn said the library board agreed to pay Topper’s contract through the end of May. Her contract was set to expire at the end of June.

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Ploehn said it recently become apparent to board members that Topper’s attention was split between the library and her family situation.

“The board agreed to settle her contract and move on,” he said.

Topper moved to Bettendorf from the Chicago area a year ago to take over the leadership of the library after former director Steven Nielsen resigned in September 2011.

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