Who’ll lead Sno-Isle’s 23 libraries, 500 workers, $50M budget?

19 applied but it’s been narrowed down to 3 candidates for the job which pays at least $170,000.

MARYSVILLE — The search is nearing an end for a new executive director to lead a library district that spans two counties and serves roughly 750,000 people.

Nineteen applicants sought the top job at Sno-Isle Libraries. Three finalists are expected to be in town this week.

The finalists are Tess Mayer, Donna Ohr and Lois Langer Thompson.

Mayer is director of outreach, programs and services for the King County Library System and previously worked for the Seattle Public Library.

Ohr is deputy director of communities, strategy and technology at the San Diego County Library in California.

Thompson has been director of Hennepin County Library in Minnesota since 2009.

Between Wednesday and Friday, they’ll tour libraries, attend a public reception where they’ll give a statement and mingle with guests, and have separate interviews with the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees.

The public events are set for Thursday, one at 11 a.m. at the Coupeville Recreation Hall on Whidbey Island and a second at 6:30 p.m. at the Marysville Library.

The board plans to select a new director for the library district by the end of the month.

The current director, Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, announced her retirement earlier this year. Her last day is Dec. 3.

Sno-Isle has 23 libraries in Snohomish and Island counties. The district’s operating budget, funded by property taxes, is more than $50 million. It has nearly 500 employees.

A posting for the executive director job says the salary is “negotiable from $170,000.”

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com.

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