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Often times, change can be viewed in various ways as many emotions come through.

That was the case on Wednesday when longtime director of the Lawrence County Department of Job and Family Services Gene Myers retired after 30 years with the office and nearly a decade as director.

This position could be looked upon as one of the most important in the county because of the numerous services the department is responsible for to the residents of the county.

Moving forward, members of the Lawrence County Commission will have an equally difficult job in finding a replacement.

All signs point to the commissioners being on the right track with their approach to holding interviews with those who have applied. Naming an interim director to oversee the department will afford the ability for the proper procedures to take place in the process of naming a new director.

While we understand that it can be a sensitive situation for applicants, we support providing residents of Lawrence County full disclosure on those vying to lead the agency.

Finding the proper replacement to take the lead as director will require due diligence by the commission to ensure the best candidate for the position is selected.