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FERNDALE, MI – City Public Library Director Doug Raber is the latest top official to leave the city for another job. This is library that we reported had to be closed due to flooding from a faulty water recycling system this past fall.
Raber, 60, is leaving to take a job as director at the Marion Public Library in Marion, Iowa.
“Doug Raber has resigned as director of the Ferndale Public Library effective Feb. 25, 2011,” the statement reads. “While he enjoyed working with the staff, board and patrons of the library, and the Ferndale community, Doug and his wife Jessica are moving on to a new career and academic challenges outside of Michigan.”
Raber was hired nearly three years ago at an $80,000 salary as the library was about to undergo a $4.5 million expansion and upgrade. The revamped library, which was nearly doubled in size to about 21,000 square feet, opened in August.
However, a hose connection failed on a new rainwater treatment over the Thanksgiving weekend and flooded the library with about 15,000 gallons of water. Library officials expect the facility to reopen next month.