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Ogdensburg library director Wayne Miller resigns over stalled contract

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OGDENSBURG — The director of the Ogdensburg Public Library has resigned as a result of an employment contract dispute.

“I have truly enjoyed my work,” Wayne L. Miller stated in an email Sunday. “However, a year has passed since my director’s contract expired. And a lack of progress toward renewal convinced me now is the time to retire.”

Library Board of Trustees President Cathy Piche declined to comment Monday, saying that a statement from the board was pending.

The board is scheduled to meet Thursday.

Mr. Miller has been library director since December 2008, replacing David Franz, who retired after 22 years as director. Mr. Miller’s salary for next year, approved by the City Council, was $65,000.

A native of Franklin County, Mr. Miller and his wife, Dr. Sally White, lived in Ogdensburg for several years during the 1980s. He was at that time senior medical librarian at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Dr. White was the physician for the center’s Mobile Geriatrics Team.

Prior to signing on to be library director here, Mr. Miller was the library/media specialist at Franklin Academy in Malone. He also worked at the libraries of SUNY Plattsburgh and Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.

He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester, a master’s degree in American history from SUNY Oswego and another master’s degree in library and information science from SUNY Geneseo.

Mr. Miller wasn’t at the library on Monday and didn’t return telephone calls for further comment on his resignation.

“The world can be cruel,” he wrote in his Sunday email. “It needs more kindness. And I trust the library I leave is warmer and kinder than the one I found. It is a comfort that Ogdensburg Public Library has a great staff who will continue to be there to help people. For my part, it is now time to take a step back from the library as it charts a new course. I will now use my skills and energy to make a difference in new ways.”

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