Library searching for applicants to fill vacant board seat

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published December 8, 2020

 The Ferndale Area District Library has a vacancy on its Board of Directors and is looking for residents to apply for the open seat.

The Ferndale Area District Library has a vacancy on its Board of Directors and is looking for residents to apply for the open seat.

Photo by Mike Koury

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FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library is looking for applicants to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors, the library’s seven-seat governing board, has a vacancy after member Beau Perry resigned.

“Perry served on the Board since January 2019,” a statement from the library read. “Since he is relocating outside of Ferndale, Perry is thus not eligible to continue to serve on the Board.”

Members of the Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms. If a member resigns, the board is allowed to appoint a replacement to fill the rest of the term. Perry’s term is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2022.

Board President Judeen Bartos said there is no deadline for residents to submit applications, and the seat will remain open until the board finds a candidate to appoint. She confirmed that the board members already have received some applications.

“Probably we want to start talking to people at our December meeting, which is Dec. 17,” she said. “So far, we’ve got just a few candidates and we’re discussing whether to start interviewing at the next meeting or wait until after the first of the year.”

According to the application, the library’s Board of Directors sets library policy, employs and evaluates the director, plans for the future, monitors the library’s effectiveness, advocates for the library in the community, and maintains and improves the library building.

Other criteria the board will use to evaluate applicants is if they can “commit the time that is necessary to carry out the duties of a Board Member. This includes time to become and stay knowledgeable about public library issues, to attend Board meetings, and to carry out Board assignments; be genuinely interested in public libraries and understand the importance of public libraries in meeting the educational, recreational, and informational needs of the community; understand the local community, its social and cultural needs, and be willing to communicate those needs to the Board.”

The full applications can be found at www.ferndalepubliclibrary.org.

“It’s a total board decision,” Bartos said. “We would look for someone to complement the skills of people already on the board, since it’s an appointed position, not an elected position. We’d look for different skill sets and diversity.”

A candidate can contact the board at board@ferndalepubliclibrary.org if they have any questions about the application process.

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