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Surrounded by Cottonwood city staff, library patrons and area dignitaries, Cottonwood Library Manager Vanessa Ward (shown here next to City Manager Doug Bartosh) bid the City of Cottonwood farewell Friday after 22 years of dedicated service to Cottonwood. Former Mayor Diane Smith Joens said of Ward’s contributions to the city: “You worked hard for so many years, made a huge positive difference in our community, and now it’s your turn to relax.” (Photo courtesy of Kyla Allen)

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Cottonwood Library manager Vanessa Ward retires after 22 years of service

Vanessa Ward retired as Cottonwood Public Library’s Director Friday, Feb. 2 after 22 years when she was first hired as a part-time temporary conversion aid in 1993 and then onward as a full-time conversion aid.