Longtime Folklife Center director retiring in Elko

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Updated: 7/25/2014 6:10 am

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — The long-time executive director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko has announced he's stepping down.

Charlie Seemann says he'll retire effective July 31 after 16 years on the job.

But he tells the Elko Daily Free Press he intends to continue to be a regular at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering he's helped oversee each January for a decade and a half.

Seemann says he plans to work on a few book projects, play some music and enjoy retirement.

Folklife Center Board Chairman Gail Steiger says he will be missed. She says Seemann has shepherded the center through good seasons and dry times alike, and leaves the outfit in much better shape than he found it.

The center is launching a national search for a new director.

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