Letter to the editor: Bad move by trustees

Posted 11/19/19

Bad move by trustees Shame on the Douglas County Library Board of Trustees, who recently voted to drop the “James H. LaRue” from the name of the library in Highlands Ranch. Let’s not even get …

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Letter to the editor: Bad move by trustees

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Bad move by trustees

Shame on the Douglas County Library Board of Trustees, who recently voted to drop the “James H. LaRue” from the name of the library in Highlands Ranch.

Let’s not even get into the disrespect it shows. But, what responsible board changes a policy, makes it retroactive and does itvia a conference call?

Thinking back on the many, many accomplishments, innovations and modernizations that Jamie LaRue made for the benefit of the citizens of Douglas County over his 24 years of public service, I will point out a few.

He was instrumental in turning the library into a library district, and for opening and renovating libraries all over Douglas County. He did this by being fiscally conservative, saving the public funds until he could build or re-use buildings without borrowing money and putting the district in debt.

As a former staff member, I can emphatically state that no new policies or practices began without first asking, “Does this serve our patrons?” Thusly, his tenure began decades of patron-centered service.

Jamie took us from being the worst library in the state, open five days a week with only 14 full-time employees and owning only a few titles on the best seller list to the district he retired from in 2014. And when he left, he had done all this with no public debt, a “community-first” attitude and complete transparency.

James H. LaRue was an inspired and trusting leader. Always accessible, always fiscally responsible.

Keep his name on the building. DCL would not be the library system it is today without him.

Laurel Iakovakis

Palmer Lake

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