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(Update) Attempt to Fill Calloway Co. Library Board Vacancy Fails in Fiscal Court Meeting

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ROB CANNING, WKMS
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Update: Statement from Judge Executive Larry Elkins added.  

An attempt to fill a vacancy on the Calloway County Library Board failed in a fiscal court meeting Tuesday night.

Judge Executive Larry Elkins proposed filling Teresa Betts’ open seat with Ann Landini, but the magistrates did not accept or second the motion.

District 1 Magistrate Eddie Clyde Hale said he chose to not accept the motion because the court did not receive a requested application for Landini to see where she stands on “certain issues” surrounding the library. Hale would not specify what those issues were. He said he believes the library needs an expansion, but doesn’t agree with a plan that would “put taxpayers in debt,” where the library would seek loans to fund such expansion.

Statement from Calloway Co. Judge Executive:

"In making an appointment to the Calloway County Public Library Board and in accordance with KRS 173.730, a Judge-Executive is required to select an individual from a list of two names provided to the County by the Kentucky Department of Libraries. Before making my selection, I sent a questionnaire to the two persons nominated by the Kentucky Department of Libraries. Both nominees declined to complete the questionnaire."

Elkins said he's not sure about the court's next steps.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
Taylor is a recent Murray State University graduate where she studied journalism and history. When she's not reporting for WKMS, she enjoys creative writing and traveling. She loves writing stories that involve diversity, local culture and history, nature and recreation, art and music, and national or local politics. If you have a news tip or idea, shoot her an email at tinman1@murraystate.edu!
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