Trustees sought for Douglas County Libraries

Candidate applications are available online

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Those interested in serving on the Douglas County Library District board of trustees have the opportunity to apply for a possible appointment by Oct. 1.

Three seats are open at this time, all of which have incumbents who may choose to reapply. According to a news release, applicants for the volunteer positions must be Douglas County residents with a passion for the library district’s mission and vision, and who will support the library’s strategic direction.

Applicants are encouraged to have strong business judgment, knowledge of board governance, and knowledge of Douglas County communities. Applicants are also expected to possess a diverse skill set and have expertise in fields such as law, technology, communications and/or finance.

Applicants will be vetted by a panel made up of officials appointed by the municipalities of Castle Rock, Parker, Larkspur, Castle Pines and Lone Tree, the Douglas County School District, the library district and Douglas County government. Finalists will then be vetted and ratified by the county commissioners. Those appointed will serve a three-year term and be limited to four terms total.

There are two trustees from each of the three Douglas County commissioner districts and one at-large trustee on the board. The board has control of library finances and planning as well as executive recruitment and evaluation.

Each member is expected to attend regular monthly evening meetings, informal monthly board lunches, and an annual half-day retreat. Members are also required to serve on various committees with ongoing responsibilities.

Candidates are encouraged to review Article III of the board’s policies and bylaws in regard to “powers and responsibilities” to better understand board expectations. Please visit www.douglascountylibraries.org/content/bylaws-and-policies-manual.

To apply, candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest articulating their motivation to apply, as well as a completed application for the position, which can be found at www.douglas.co.us/commissioners/citizen-boards by clicking the link for “application to appointment for citizen advisory boards.”

Both documents need to be submitted on or before Oct. 1 to Douglas County Boards and Commissions, c/o Dru Campbell, 100 Third Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104; or by email to dcampbel@douglas.co.us or fax at 303-688-1293.

The Douglas County Library District was established by popular vote in 1990, and is funded by a mill levy approved by Douglas County voters in 1996.