Jefferson County library director Kristi Harms is leaving to be director of the Bismarck Public Library in North Dakota.

Harms said Thursday that her last day as director of Jefferson County Public Library will be May 20 and she will start her new job June 1.

Her new job will pay $82,000, according to Bismarck Tribune, which broke the story of her hiring Thursday morning. Harms had been in Bismarck for an interview earlier this week and accepted the offer by telephone Wednesday, the newspaper reported.

Harms did not want to discuss her job change, saying it had to do with her personal life. She told the newspaper in Bismarck that returning to the region had been one of her goals.

Harms has relatives in Minnesota, where she was born, and in Montana.

Harms has been the director of the Jefferson County Public Library since early 2009. She previously was director of the Switzerland County Public Library for eight years.

During her tenure, Harms oversaw the opening a year ago of the library in Hanover and the implementation of the Evergreen Indiana library service.

Also during her tenure, there was public criticism about her firing of two employees, literacy coordinator Lisa Smitley and assistant director Donna Errett. Errett filed a lawsuit over her firing.