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Supervisors name McGuire to library committee

By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday appointed one of their own, Supervisor Mike McGuire, to serve as their representative on an advisory committee tasked with reviewing the operating agreement that governs the county library system.

The Board of Supervisors has voiced its interest in seeing the 37-year-old agreement between the county and its cities revised. Supervisors have not said exactly what they want out of any changes, aside from greater communication and collaboration with the library’s independent governing commission and its executive leadership.

Mike McGuire (PD FILE, 2012)

Current Library Director Sandy Cooper has come in for some strong criticism before the board this year. The review has prompted some to speculate that supervisors are seeking more direct control of library functions, including the ability to hire or fire the director. Supervisors have also voiced frustration over their limited input on the library system’s budget.

The 11-member advisory panel consists of representatives from each of the nine cities, the county and the library commission.

The first public meeting is tentatively set for Oct. 26, with a location yet to be announced. For more information call 565-2431.





2 Responses to “Supervisors name McGuire to library committee”

  1. Dan J Drummond says:

    So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.
    — Kurt VONNEGUT [In These Times, 8/6/2004]

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  2. Time for a Change says:

    Send the libraries back to where they started, to the cities of Sonoma County. If anything cries out for local control it is the current library system.

    37 years of bad management, has led to nothing but a large bureaucratic, fumbling organization which has become accountable to no one and led by another unelected body.

    Turn the libraries back to the cities and let the county soldier on with its own deficits, bad management and over regulations.

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