The 32-year-old has been with the Huron library for two years and eight months. He came to Huron after serving as supervisor of the adult and electronic services department at the Lakewood Public Library.
“I’m really most pleased about being in a place that so strongly supports their library,” Slife said. “Huron is a great town and I’m going to miss all the people I’ve come to know here.”
Slife said he’s pleased passage of the levy allowed the library to restore weekend hours. The collection has gotten bigger, circulation has gone up, programming has been added and attendance for adult programming has tripled.
He said his predecessor, former director Anne Hinton, who served 23 years, set the plate for the library’s expanded offerings by overseeing the expansion and renovation of the library. Hinton also arranged for the library to join the CLEVNET network.
Wadsworth’s library has a $2.3 million budget, triple the size of Huron’s, and has 48 staffers, as opposed to Huron’s 13.
Slife, who is married and has a child, said he could not pass up the chance to support his family with a better-paying job, but he will miss Huron.
Attorney Terry Griffith, president of the library board, said the library is advertising for a new director.
“We’re sorry to see him go,” Griffith said. “He’s done a really terrific job. You can’t turn down that kind of opportunity.”