By LILY REX
Public Library has begun searching for a new Director.
WPL Director Leea
Yelich is moving on, the Board of Trustees announced at its meeting Thursday
night, and preparations were made to begin searching for her replacement.
Michael Livovich began by thanking Yelich for her service as Director. “It’s
been a pleasure working with you, and we hate to lose you,” he said, then
wished her luck in the future. Yelich for her part said it has been a
pleasure serving the library staff and the Duneland community, and
especially having the privilege of working with WPL’s large, dedicated
In the interim,
retired Library Director Phil Baugher will be filling in for Yelich and
aiding in the search for her replacement. He anticipates working 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. each day. Baugher said that he’s glad to be helping in the search and
joked, “Thank you for having some confidence in an unemployed has-been.”
Livovich said that
the first steps will be to review the WPL’s succession policy and appoint a
search committee that will update the job description for the position and
develop a profile for the ideal candidate. The committee will also handle
advertising the position and determining a timeline for the hiring process.
Board members Abbe Trent and Kathryn Cochran volunteered. Baugher and
Livovich will also serve on the committee.
Terry Hiestand recommended that the committee involve members of the
community, so Baugher recommended Rick Hokanson, Claire Williams, and
Celeste Bradford. Williams is a former circulation manager for WPL who has
experience hiring, Hokanson is a former board member who made long-standing
contributions, and Bradford is a current employee of the Library. Baugher
and Bradford will be non-voting members.
The board also
authorized Baugher to begin working on an advertisement for the position
immediately, and approved a salary range of $65,000 to $75,000 per year.
This will be an increase, as the committee will be looking for candidates
with LC1 certification status, the highest level of education and experience
outlined by the state, which requires a Master of Library Science degree and
six to 10 years of experience. In addition to an interview, candidates will
also be asked to respond to 13 short answer questions.
Yelich announced a
few staff changes. Julia Christensen resigned as Thomas Branch Librarian.
Meghan Rogers is resigning as Clerk. Dashaunna Holloway moved from
Substitute Clerk to Clerk. Replacing Holloway is Jason Finner as a
Substitute Clerk. Conducting Finner’s normal duties as Clerk in the interim
is Nathan Kroft. Tyler Thomas was hired as Clerk. Appointed by the Board of
Trustees, former Library Director Phil Baugher officially began as Interim
Director on Monday, Jan. 8.
reported that WPL’s 2018 budget of $3,438,242 has received state approval.
The tax levy on the budget will be $3,070,723 with WPL’s tax rate certified
at $0.1922 per $100 of assessed valuation.
reported, the Children’s Winter Reading program will make use of Muzzy, a
newly purchased children’s foreign language learning platform. Staff will be
trained in Muzzy this month.
The board reviewed
and re-adopted its bylaws for 2018 and also re-adopted WPL’s computer and
acceptable use policy.
The board is
recommending members Drew Rhed and Rondi Wightman for re-appointment. Rhed
is a Westchester Township Trustee appointment and Wightman is a County
The board will next
meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Hageman Branch.