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Daily Sun FILE photo/Janet Jacobs Corsicana Library Director Chad Freeze, shown here displaying e-reader devices the library has to loan, is leaving the city library for a position with Navarro College.

Corsicana Public Library Director Chad Freeze is leaving his position at the City of Corsicana to join the staff of Navarro College.

Freeze will serve as a librarian at the college’s Richard M. Sanchez Library, an opportunity he is looking forward to.

“I think it’s going to be a real fun opportunity to work at Navarro College,” Freeze said Thursday. “I’m excited about it.”

Freeze has been with the Corsicana library for nearly six years, first as Children’s Librarian, and then was named Library Director in 2009.

Under his tenure at the city library, Freeze has played a role in several technology upgrades to benefit the city and county residents who use the public library.

“We’ve really made strides,” Freeze said, “getting WiFi, getting more computers, getting electronic books — I think we’ve done a lot of good in that area.”

His new post, while still in a library setting, differs greatly with the move from a public library to an academic setting.

“It’s almost like a totally different job,” he said. “I’m definitely looking forward to that challenge.”

Corsicana City Manager Connie Standridge said the city will miss Freeze in his role as Library Director.

“It’s really a good opportunity for him — we hate to lose him,” Standridge said.

Standridge said the city will likely appoint Assistant Library Director Joy Russell as an interim director while a search is launched for a permanent replacement.

Pat Spiller, the former Library Director for the city, also works part-time at the library, Standridge said.

Freeze’s last day with the city will be April 4. He begins his duties with Navarro College on April 7.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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