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New county library director hired; begins in late spring

Mar 15, 2017 - By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

The Fremont County library board has invited an Iowa woman to become county's new library director.

On Tuesday, Janette McMahon was the last candidate to interview and was offered the position after the library board deliberated for an hour in executive session.

The county conducted four in-person interviews with the finalists.

Fremont County Commissioner Ray Price -- the county board's library liaison -- said he was "very impressed" with McMahon, who has been a library director for the last 22 years in West Liberty, Iowa.

Nancy Wright, chairwoman of the library board, said that during McMahon's short visit in Fremont County, she earned "respect from the community, the Friends of the Library, and the staff."

"She thinks Fremont County libraries are fabulous," Wright said. "I think everyone here thinks that, but when an outsider comes in and tells you that, it's nice to hear."

Wright said McMahon is "very personable, very enthusiastic and very community-focused."

McMahon is set to meet with library staff Wednesday morning to discuss the specific terms of her position. She is expected to begin full-time work in late spring.

Candidates from Wyoming, Colorado and Florida also visited Fremont County's libraries during the search for a new director.

Wright said the hiring was "a hard decision" because of the quality of all applicants.

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