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County library board narrows director candidate field to one

Nov 18, 2013 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Tracy Cook will tour the branches and meet with the public Monday.

The Fremont County Library Board of Trustees has narrowed its candidate search for a new director down to one.

During the three-hour board meeting Nov. 6, vice chairwoman Jackie Meeker said the search committee has reviewed the second round of applications for the position and has narrowed it down to one candidate, Tracy Cook, 37, of Helena, Mont.

Meeker said the committee had two candidates picked out who were "worthy of pursuing." However, she said after pursuing the candidates, one was "not worthy," so the committee picked another who eventually dropped out -- leaving one candidate.

"We are excited about (Cook)," Meeker said. "We did a telephone interview on Monday and her references are glowing."

Cook will be in Fremont County on Monday to visit the facilities in Dubois, Riverton and Lander.

She will be touring from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Dubois, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Riverton and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lander where the branch will host a short presentation and a question and answer session that will be open to the public.

The position became available after the previous library system's director Matt Nojonen resigned May 31.

This is the second time the board has issued a search for candidates. The first took place during the summer, which resulted in the board releasing a one-sentence statement in September that read, "The Fremont County Board of Trustees is continuing the search for a library director."

Candidate

Cook went to high school in Cheyenne and began at Laramie County Community College, eventually graduating from the University of Wyoming with an undergraduate degree. She then continued her education and received a graduate degree from the University of Arizona.

She said she has family who lives in Worland, and while visiting, she would make side visits to Lander and Riverton.

"I always loved the Wind River area of Wyoming, so part of what drew me to Fremont County was my love of the landscape and the area," Cook said. "I have worked in the Rocky Mountain area for many years and really love the mountains and outdoors."

Cook recently worked as a consultant for the public libraries in Montana but said she wanted to try something new and challenging.

"A director job seemed like a natural way to build upon the skills I gained as a consultant while giving me a chance to learn new skills," she said.

Cook said she would "definitely consider moving to Fremont County" if offered the director position.

"As a consultant, I gave advice and helped libraries implement new projects, but I didn't really have the experience of implementing an idea from beginning to end," Cook said. "It will be fun for me to try out some of the ideas and services that I've read and learned about while working with public libraries."

The Fremont County Library Board of Directors will have a special meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in conference room A at the Lander Library to make a decision about the director position.

Brief biography

Name: Tracy Cook

Age: 37

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, golfing, snowshoeing and cooking

"I also love the outdoors and animals, so I enjoy reading and learning about geology and wildlife behavior," Cook said.

Family: Husband, Jeff Savage

"We both love music and arts as well," Cook said.

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