After an extensive search for a new library services director, Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff is recommending the promotion of a current and well-respected City employee.
Tim Hetherton, acting library services director, emerged as one of the top candidates across several screenings and interviews conducted by outside interviewers, City executive staff and members of the Board of Library Trustees. Following more background screening and reference checks, he emerged as the best fit for the job. Hetherton’s appointment will be voted on by the Board of Library Trustees during a meeting this Tuesday, January 14.
“It was important to the Board of Library Trustees and to City management to take time, cast the net widely, and recruit strong candidates to identify the right person to manage our award-winning, public library system,” explained Jill Johnson-Tucker, chair of the Board of Library Trustees. “I consider this to be the most important decision we will make this year. Personally, I have a great deal of respect for Tim and am quite pleased that he has emerged from the recruitment process as the city manager’s recommendation for the City’s next library services director. The Board of Library Trustees, as a whole, will consider this appointment next week.”
Hetherton joined the City in 1998 as a reference librarian and was gradually promoted to library services manager. He became the acting library services director upon Cynthia Cowell’s retirement in October 2013.
“Tim’s commitment to customer service and his knowledge of the Newport Beach community and library system was a deciding factor here,” said Kiff. “It was clear to the interview panels, to me, and to others that in this very competitive recruitment process, we had a top candidate right here.”
The library services director oversees the Newport Beach Central Library and three branch libraries, a full-time and part-time staff of approximately six dozen employees, a nearly $7-million annual budget, and works closely with support groups such as the Friends of the Library and the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. The library services director also provides staff support to the Board of Library Trustees and the City Arts Commission.
Hetherton earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Mary’s College, a Master’s degree in International Studies from Dominican College, and a Master’s of Library Science degree from San Jose State University.
If the appointment is approved by the Board of Library Trustees on Tuesday, Hetherton’s promotion will become effective immediately. Hetherton’s salary is proposed to be $145,000 per year.
Board of Library Trustees Meeting Agenda for January 14, 2014