Vistors look at art work in the Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library during First Friday Art Walk. (Portland Phoenix/Courtesy of Creative Portland)
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The search committee for the next executive director for the Portland Public Library hopes to announce the next leader for Maine’s biggest library in the next few days.

Anne Dalton, president of the library’s board of trustees, said Friday that the search committee hopes to finish negotiations with a finalist and announce the next executive director “within a week to 10 days.”

The position has been vacant since Sep. 1, when longtime executive director Sarah Campbell retired. She had announced her retirement in April, and the search for Campbell’s replacement began this past fall, according to Dalton. The committee hired the outside search firm Isaacson Miller, who presented roughly 20 candidates.

“We believe this is a position that warrants as much a national search as possible,” Dalton said of their desire to bring in an outside firm.

The salary range for the next executive director will be between $110,000 and $125,000. 

Dalton was relieved to be nearing the conclusion of this process.

“You want to be sure you have a process that maximizes finding the right person and you also do appreciate the fact that you’re without your senior staff leader,” she said. “It’s not treading water, but you’re not able to dive into the future work you know you want to be able to do. That’s an inherent dilemma between two tension points.”

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