Commissioners deny Jensen reappointment to Grand Library Board |

Commissioners deny Jensen reappointment to Grand Library Board

During their July 25 meeting, The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) passed a motion to deny the recommendation from the Grand County Library District (GCLD) to reappoint Kim Jensen to the library board of trustees. Jensen has served on the board since 2011 and served as the president since January. The county commissioners have the ßauthority to approve or deny any appointment or reappointment to the library board.

The decision comes after much dispute on if the Hot Sulphur Springs Library will remain open. At their July 19 meeting, the GCLD agreed to reevaluate closing the library, and discussed a possible mill levy tax that could potentially be on the November ballot. The county commissioners have also offered to help pay some of the expenses of the Hot Sulphur Library such as electricity and Internet costs. The library rents the building for $1 per year and is currently open for only 18 hours per week.

GCLD executive director Stephanie Ralph said the board was shocked at the decision not to reappoint Jenson. Ralph stated that Jenson is highly qualified in policy and financial analysis, and that she will be missed very much and quite difficult to replace.

Anyone interested in running for the position should contact the library board of trustees and copy the county commissioners in the letter of interest. Resumes should be sent to Ann Douden.

The next GCLD meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on August 16 at the Juniper Library in Grand Lake.

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