Three finalists for director of the Davenport Public Library will be in town this week, with an opportunity for the public to meet them.

Library Director LaWanda Roudebush is retiring at the end of the month, so the library Board of Trustees, with the assistance of a search firm, has been looking for a new director.

The finalists, from Washington state, Georgia and Texas, will be in Davenport on Wednesday for interviews, with a meet-and-greet opportunity at the Eastern Avenue branch.

The candidates are:

Osei Baffour, of Grand Prairie, Texas, who is public service administrator for the Fort Worth Public Library.

Selina Gomez-Beloz, of Tenio, Wash., is senior manager of the Timberland Regional Library.

Kenneth Wayne Thompson, of Ellenwood, Ga., who is a branch manager in the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System.

No other information about the candidates was available from the city.

Roudebush is retiring after leading Davenport’s library system since 2003. During her tenure, the Eastern Avenue and Fairmount Avenue branches opened and the downtown branch was renovated.

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Incredible that there is never a qualified local candidate for these positions. Says a lot for our local educational system.

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