Whatcom County Library System seeks trustees

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is searching for applicants to fill a partial term that runs through January 31, 2017 on its board of trustees. The Whatcom County Executive will appoint the trustee, whose term begins immediately upon appointment.

“It’s an exciting time to be a trustee for the Whatcom County Library System,” said executive director Christine Perkins. “We’re developing the 2016–2020 strategic plan for the library system and refining the design for a new library facility in Point Roberts.”

According to Perkins, applicants for the open trustee position should be civic-minded, interested in exploring new avenues of library service and available to attend regular monthly public meetings and occasional special public meetings. Currently, regular meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the WCLS Administrative and Processing Center, 5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham. The meeting day and time could be changed to accommodate a new trustee’s schedule.

Trustee duties include attending meetings, strategic planning, setting policy, approving expenditures and payroll and adopting an annual budget. Day-to-day management of WCLS is entrusted to the executive director, who the board hires. Trustees are not compensated except for mileage costs.

Information about WCLS and the library board, including minutes, agendas and bylaws, can be found at wcls.org/library-board-of-trustees. For questions about service on the library board, contact Perkins at 360/305-3600, press 4, then press 201.

The application and instructions are available on the Whatcom County Executive’s website: co.whatcom.wa.us/executive/. Completed applications can be faxed, mailed or delivered to the executive’s office, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 108, Bellingham, WA 98225.

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