Recruitment for Pierce County Library System’s executive director is open now through July 24, 2014. View the listing. Applications will be handled by Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates. Semi-final interviews via Skype take place Aug. 4-5, 2014. Final interviews with the library’s board of trustees will be held locally Aug. 21-22.
The library will host an open public forum with the final candidates on Aug. 22, 2014. Details to follow. The library hopes to make an offer by the end of August and have the new executive director on board before the end of the year. Neel Parikh, the library’s executive director of 20 years, retires Nov. 1, 2014.
Pierce County Library is the state’s fourth largest library system. The library serves unincorporated Pierce County and 15 annexed cities and towns through 18 branch locations, a 24/7 virtual library and myriad community services. Despite $7.5 million in budget cuts during the economic downturn, there were no reductions in open hours or major cuts to service.