There were six candidates-including one incumbent-that ran for three open seats in the November 2012 election, when the major issue of library operations and leadership drew what is probably a record number of candidates for the normally docile board elections.
Incumbent Beverly Mueller was reelected as were newcomers Linda Spink and Maureen Coughlin, the latter two who had questioned library issues.
There was nothing bookish about the series of changes that followed the November election: Dan Robles, the longtime librarian, was terminated in April and the next month the bookkeeper was also let go and it was announced in August that the District Attorney’s Office is investigating about $750,000 in funds the board has alleged is missing.
The board moved ahead and oversaw facility upgrades as well as operational changes and new financial reporting.
Spink assumed the presidency of the library board when illness forced Skutley to step aside.
Those interested in being considered for the trustee position are asked to write a letter outlining their background and reasons for wanting to serve on the board.
Applicants will also be required to submit written responses to a list of questions prepared by the board.
According to the posting on the library website, “Candidates are reminded that their letters and question responses will be regarded as public documents and available to anyone wishing to see them.”
After reviewing the letters and written answers to questions, the BCL Board of Trustees will interview all candidates that submitted complete applications at an open board meeting, either at its regular December 17 session or at a meeting later that month.
Anyone interested in receiving the list of questions prepared by the Board or desiring further information should contact Ned Branch, interim director, by telephone at 805-525-3615 Ext. 102 or by mail, Ned Branch, c/o Blanchard Community Library, 119 8th St., Santa Paula, CA 93060.