Newly appointed interim Director for the Governor Warner Mansion Mary-Jeanne Shore stands next to the mansion sign on Aug. 20.

Newly appointed interim Director for the Governor Warner Mansion Mary-Jeanne Shore stands next to the mansion sign on Aug. 20.

Photo by Jonathan Shead


Changes in store for Gov. Warner Mansion, library in Farmington

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published August 28, 2019

 Jessica Bomarito has been appointed to the library board.

Jessica Bomarito has been appointed to the library board.

Photo provided by Jessica Bomarito

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FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council unanimously approved the appointment of a new library board member and the interim executive director of the Governor Warner Mansion at its Aug. 19 meeting.

Jessica Bomarito was appointed as a library board member after interviewing for the position the same night. She was the sole applicant.

Mary-Jeanne Shore was appointed as the interim executive director of the Governor Warner Mansion. She will hold the position until Dec. 31.

 

Jessica Bomarito
Bomartio, a resident of Farmington for the last nine years, “has always had a love of the public library growing up.” It influenced her decision to go into the publishing industry.

She’s spent her last 18 years working as a product manager for Gale, a Farmington Hills-based educational publishing company under Cengage Learning, simultaneously learning about the issues, needs and complexities currently facing public libraries. She graduated from Oakland University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Since moving to Farmington, Bomarito said, she has been searching for avenues to contribute to the library.

“I really am curious about what the needs might be for our community specifically,” she said. “You can read tons of articles about what libraries are doing all over the country, but what one library is doing isn’t going to be right for another library.”

Hiring a new library director, after the resignation of former Director Elyse Streit on May 2, “who’s going to move the library in a positive direction” remains priority No. 1 for Bomarito, who said she’ll have some studying to do to determine what qualities she thinks may be best when looking for the next director.

Bomarito said that, due to the recent turnover of board members, “it may be more difficult to attract candidates” for the director position.

“Anything the board can do to allay any concerns candidates might have, that would be something I would definitely want to be involved in,” she said.

Despite previous rumors of divisiveness among board members, Bomarito said she isn’t going in with any “preconceived notions of how (she) might interact with anybody.”

“I’m looking forward to establishing and having a good relationship, (and) resetting maybe the relationship between the board and the library, and having a great outcome for our community.”

 

Mary-Jeanne Shore
Ten years ago, Shore walked into the Governor Warner Mansion doors and said, “I really like this place, and I like history. Maybe I can work here or volunteer here,” and that’s exactly what happened.

Now, 10 years later, after the resignation of former Director Kimberly Shay on July 1, Shore finds herself at the helm, hoping to keep the mansion afloat until a full-time director is chosen.

According to City Manager David Murphy, Shore was chosen based upon a recommendation from Shay. Her primary roles as interim director, he explained, are to keep the mansion safe and to ensure the events planned for the rest of the year “go off without a hitch.”

Shore said the city is also in the process of seeking bids to repaint and refurbish the mansion.

While Murphy hasn’t determined when the city will begin the process of seeking new applicants, he’s hoping to have a new director chosen by Jan. 1, 2020.

“I want to talk with the Historical Commission and some other people and see exactly what we do need to move forward,” he said.

Shore said she’s enjoying her time as interim director currently, but she’s interested in applying for the position when the time comes.

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