Walla Walla Rural Library District has new boss

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WALLA WALLA — After months of searching, the Walla Walla Rural Library District has chosen its next leader.

Barbara “Bobbie” Morgan, the current director of Illinois’ Putnam County Library District, will be the district’s Executive Director starting in January.

Interim Executive Director Aletha Bonebrake said Morgan was chosen because of her extensive experience, which includes running a second rural library district in Lousiana.

“She has such a variety of experience. She’s had experience in every facet of management,” said Bonebrake.

In addition to her relevant experience, Bonebrake praised her “calmness,” saying she had a “very professional demeanor.”

Though she’s lived elsewhere in recent years, Morgan isn’t new to Washington. She earned her graduate degree in library and information science from the University of Washington.

Morgan was chosen from a pool of 22 applicants and 4 finalists who were flown out to be interviewed by the board. The board approved her hire at its Oct. 9 meeting, with a starting salary of $72,000. Her start date has yet to be set, but she will begin her duties sometime in January.

“We’re delighted,” said Bonebrake.

Rachel Alexander can be reached at rachelalexander@wwub.com or 509-526-8363.

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