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Council appoints two to library board

At the April 10 meeting of the Escondido City Council, the council approved the recommendations of Mayor Paul McNamara to appoint John Schwab and Carolyn Clemens to fill two regular vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees, each for a three-year term, terms to expire March 31, 2022.

There were 13 applications to the vacancies, something that the mayor remarked upon when he made his nominations: “We had a lot of people who applied for the trustee job and we had more qualified applicants than we had slots available. If you didn’t’ make it tonight I would encourage you to apply next year. There was an incredible amount of talent and it was tough to reach consensus.” Ultimately, McNamara asked the other councilmembers to provide their top four choices and he picked the two with the most votes.  

Carolyn Clemens is a project manager with Northrop Grumman in San Diego. She has never served on a public board before. She is currently a volunteer advisor for Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of California, San Diego.

Asked why she wanted to serve on the library board, Clemens wrote, “I would like to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Escondido  Public Library because I believe that libraries are an integral part of our community. Serving on the board would enable me to share my love of libraries with the community and ensure that the library remains a place for open thorough discussion and learning.”

John Schwab is a retiree who has also not served on a commission or board previously. He has volunteered with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce as an ambassador; he has chaired the Grand Avenue Festival Committee, is a member of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary, and volunteers with Interfaith and the Just in Time Foster Youth organization.

Asked to explain why he wanted to be on the board, Schwab wrote, “Since 2010, I have been volunteering for the city and county in various capacities and enjoy contributing my time and seeing the results of my efforts. I have over 30 years’ experience in successfully negotiating and managing complicated contracts for services, sales, procurement and construction.”   He worked for both large corporations and sole proprietorships. 

The five members of the Library Board of Trustees meets the second Thursday of each month, 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

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