FMB Public Library board appoints interim director

A silent room quickly turned emotional as people stood up to memorialize Dr. Leroy Hommerding.

It was supposed to be a routine board meeting. But the brutal murder of the Fort Myers Beach Public Library director at a book sale Sunday altered plans.

Cletus Posner as he was appointed new interim director of the Fort Myers Beach Public Libarary. WINK News photo.
Cletus Posner as he was appointed new interim director of the Fort Myers Beach Public Libarary. WINK News photo.

Cletus Posner, the reference librarian, was appointed the interim director at the board meeting.

Posner was too emotional to talk, but people like Mark Lafave hope the new interim director and newly appointed board members, including his son, can carry on the projects dreamed of by Hommerding.

“He’ll be sworn into seat four,” Lafave said. “And hopefully take up the mantle of the projects Leroy and I had been working on for years.”

But at the end of the day, Lafave was still uncertain.

“I truly believe that projects we have in the works will never be fulfilled because of this loss,” Lafave said.

Reporter:Morgan Rynor
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