Board votes to move ahead with executive-director offer

Top: Donna Ohr from the San Diego County Library
Center: Tess Mayer from the King County Library System
Below: Lois Langer Thompson from the Hennepin County Library

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees continues to move forward with choosing a new executive director for the library district

Following three days of tours, public meetings and interviews with three finalists, the board authorized the search committee to make an offer to one of the candidates. The name of the candidate will be released when an employment contract is finalized and may be announced as soon as the Aug. 27 board meeting.

“This was a strong slate of candidates,” said Marti Anamosa, board president and member of the search committee.

The finalists are:

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the finalists met staff members at the administration and service center in Marysville, then went on separate tours of library-district facilities across Snohomish and Island counties.

On Thursday, Aug. 16, two meet-and-greet events, one at the Coupeville Recreation Hall and the other at the Marysville Library, offered attendees an opportunity to chat with the finalists following a panel-style, question-and-answer session. Those events were streamed live on Facebook and both videos are posted on the Sno-Isle Libraries Facebook page.

On Friday, Aug. 17, each finalist was interviewed by the Board of Trustees during executive session.

The executive director position is hired by the Board of Trustees. A three-member committee including Anamosa and trustees Susan Kostick and Rico Tessandore conducted the search with the assistance of Library Strategies International LLC. Six semifinalists were identified from a field of 19 applicants and the finalists chosen following initial interviews in late July.

Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory will retire in early December after more than 33 years with the library district and the past 16 years as executive director. A new executive director is expected to take over following Woolf-Ivory’s departure.