Thursday, July 8: Next steps in executive director search, trustee blogging, labor stuff

Via email this afternoon:

On Thursday, July 8, 2010, at 1 p.m., the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) Board of Trustees will convene a special meeting for the purposes of:

1. Considering and taking action on the steps to be taken in an effort to fill the position of Executive Director. The board may also meet in Executive Session pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (g) to evaluate the qualifications of the current candidates for the position of Executive Director. The Board may also take action as deemed necessary in open session regarding the selection of an Executive Director.

2. At this special meeting the Board will also consider issues related to the use of the Internet by TRL board members.

3. At this special meeting the Board will consider and may take action related to a stipulation to settle an unfair labor practice charge before the Public Employment Relations Commission.

The special meeting will be held at the library’s Administrative Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd. SW, Tumwater, Washington.

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5 responses to “Thursday, July 8: Next steps in executive director search, trustee blogging, labor stuff

  1. kelsey

    This agenda sounds as though there might be concerns about this blog. I certainly hope that isn’t the case, as I truly value this blog as a source of information for the public as well as for Timberland staff. If there are concerns about this blog in particular, I hope that alternatives will be explored. Respectfully, I have to say that the board’s current levels of communication are insufficient in engaging the public that it serves. We should strive for transparency, and I appreciate this blog for trying to bridge that informational gap.

  2. Scott

    Speaking of transparency, at the one board meeting I’ve attended it looked like the meeting was being recorded. Any idea who I contact to get a copy of the recording?

  3. Michael Crose

    Scott: I don’t know if my message got sent, or not. We archive the recordings on line. I’m sure I could arrange to send you a copy of any meeting you would like to hear. Please know that the Executive Sessions are not recorded. However, not decisions may be made in Executive Session. An explanation of what what discussed and official action must take place in open public meeting. I assure you that we a squeeky clean about following the limitations of the Open Public Meetings laws.

    Michael

  4. Scott

    Thanks, Mike. Since meetings are so hard to get to, given that they take place over such a wide geographical area, I’d like to start listening to these, and I imagine that others might also. Although I may be assuming too much interest in the board meetings. I know what our budget situation is, and everybody is stretched to the limits with Symphony, but could TRL look at serving these up as downloadable mp3s or as a podcast? An explanation of the RCW regarding the confidentiality of executive sessions would also be a good idea along with this. Also, I may have missed it on the TRL website but I didn’t see any contact info for a public records officer. I know you could call the SC to find out who that is, but having the info available online might help. I realize someone has to type them up, but the meeting minutes are often several months behind and the information given is sometimes not very detailed. Thanks again.

  5. One thing I noted during our discussion today about the recordings is the probable quality of them. They aren’t likely broadcast quality, more likely references for the recording secretary to complete the minutes.

    We might be implying a higher quality than we can deliver if we post them on the website. Certainly make them easily available upon request, but it would be a shame to get into a Louie Louie like debate about what was actually said on the tape.

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