library district board of directors

The new library district will be governed by the all-volunteer library district board of directors who were elected on the May 16 ballot.

Board responsibilities

Photo of the Josephine Community Library District Board of Directors, John Harelson, Judy Williams, Beecher Ellison, Jennifer Roberts, and Laurel Samson.

Josephine Community Library District Board of Directors, from left: John Harelson, Judy Williams, Beecher Ellison, Jennifer Roberts, Laurel Samson.

The elected library district board will govern all aspects of the library district, overseeing all library operations and finances. Board members will follow public meeting law and meet regularly to conduct library business. Get information about board meetings.

After the district election is certified and the district is formed on June 14, 2017, on July 5 each district board member will be sworn in to office and hold its first regular board meeting. Learn more.

The district board will have the authority to contract for services, apply for grants, initiate volunteer partnership programs, and administer library operations.

Board members may not have a financial interest, either directly or indirectly, in any library district contract. They may not receive a salary or other payment for board services.

An independent audit will be done each year to guarantee that the funds are used only for library operations.

Board members

For the first election, three district board members are elected for two-year terms and the other two board members shall be elected for four-year terms. After those first terms are over, terms will be four years each.

name position term start term end affiliation
Beecher Ellison 1 July 2017 June 2021 Law librarian,
Josephine County Legal Counsel
Laurel Samson 2 July 2017 June 2021 City manager, retired,
City of Grants Pass
Jennifer Roberts 3 July 2017 June 2019 Freelance writer and speaker
Judy Williams 4 July 2017 June 2019 Corporate finance executive, retired
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
John Harelson 5 July 2017 June 2019 Certified public accountant

Updated 6/14/2017