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Neither library hopeful hired; board to begin search again

Sep 12, 2013 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Library Board of Trustees has issued a one-sentence press release regarding its decision to continue the search for a new director.

The search committee gathered Wednesday to conduct final interviews on the two remaining candidates, Emily Scherrer and Dale Collum. After going into closed session, the committee decided not to take a vote and issued a press release Wednesday evening.

"The Fremont County Library Board of Trustees is continuing the search for a library director," the release stated.

The position became available after the previous Fremont County Library System director, Matt Nojonen, resigned May 31.

Fremont County Library System business manager Rebecca Thomas said information regarding the position will be posted again on the library's website soon for people who are interested in applying.

Although Thomas has not been given the title of acting director, she said she is the point person for the library and consults with the board of trustees along with other managers in the library system to deal with issues.

"We are re-advertising the positions to solicit more applicants," Thomas said when asked if previous applicants who applied for the position still would be considered.

The original post in June for the director position said the

position was a full-time position with a salary range of "mid-$60,000s with a full benefit package."

The new director would serve the library branches in Lander, Riverton and Dubois.

A search committee was developed as an advisory panel to the board, Thomas said.

"The decision regarding hiring the director rests solely with the Fremont County Library Board of Trustees," Thomas said.

City of Lander community resource coordinator Gary Michaud, who sits on the search committee, said the process the committee used is sound.

"(I'm) very impressed with the process," he said. "It's one I would like to see other county boards use."

The board of trustees includes chairman Don Newton, vice-chairwoman Jackie Meeker, trustee Linda Bebout and trustee Kevin Tippets.

Newton said he did not have any comments outside Thomas's response and thinks that after the search continues, interviews will resume in roughly two months.

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