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Sean Philip Cotter

York City controller Robert Lambert will resign from his position after being named head of the York County Library System.

Robert Lambert

Lambert, who has served in the part-time elected city position since 2008, said Friday he will resign "by the end of the year."

The library system named Lambert its president and CEO earlier this week, a fact York City Mayor Kim Bracey announced in her annual State of the City address Wednesday night.

Lambert had been serving as the library's director of business development for the past several years, and has been involved with the library for almost three decades, starting out in 1990 as a reference librarian.

Deb Sullivan, a spokeswoman for the library system, said Lambert, a native Yorker, came first to the libraries before that, when he was a teenager attending a job-training program.

"He’s been here since he was 14 years old," she said.

She said he was a firm believer in a library's ability to be a resource for everyone.

"He sees the library as a community hub and a place for people to gather and collaborate," Sullivan said.

Lambert said "the support from the community, the board and the staff has been tremendously inspiring."

"We want to continue to make the libraries a magical place for people," he said.

Lambert served as a Marine for four years until 1991, and then went on to graduate from York College. He later received a master's degrees in library science and public administration from University of Pittsburgh and Penn State, respectively.

The controller position is a part-time job that pays $20,000 a year, according to the city's 2016 budget. There's a full-time deputy controller position in that department, as well. The controller's office is autonomous from the rest of city government, providing fiscal oversight and protecting city "tax dollars from waste, fraud and abuse," according to the city website. The office conducts internal audits and assists with external ones.

Lambert said the job's hours vary, with more work coming around budget time, which is toward the end of the year.

Outgoing library system head Bill Schell will retire June 10 after serving as CEO since 1981 and president since 2014. His retirement was announced earlier this month.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.