Library board member honored as he retires

By KELLEY MOHR Staff Writer Published:

The Holmes County District Public Library Board of Trustees recognized the significant contributions made to the library by board member Steve Shrock, whose term ends Jan. 1.

In honor of this service, the board on Dec. 13 approved a special library resolution in recognition of Shrock's departure.

"He has demonstrated a firm sense of commitment and dedication to advancing public library services in Holmes County," said Library Board President Chris Bower, reading the resolution. "He has applied his knowledge of the library's practices and services in the community to guide the board's financial decisions and ... skillfully offered guidance to the library and the board through a time of change with foresight and good humor."

Shrock began his service on the board in January of 2006, serving for seven years. During that time, the library board overcame many challenges, including the closure of district branches in Winesburg, Killbuck and Walnut Creek in 2010 due to state funding cuts and failed local levies.

"The board extends its most sincere thanks and appreciation to Steve Shrock for his volunteer service as a member of that board," added Bower.

A new board member, Clint Leibolt, will join the library board of trustees.

In other business, after performance reviews of the director and fiscal officer, both Director Bill Martino and Fiscal Officer Paula Cicconetti received 2 percent raises, the same as the wage increase awarded to the rest of the library staff in October.

Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or kmohr@the-daily-record.com.

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