Wilsonville's Pat Duke will fill in until new director is found

Residents will find a temporary new face at the West Linn Public Library.

During its Jan. 7 meeting, the West Linn City Council voted to hire a part-time interim director while the city searches for a new permanent director. Former director Diane Satchwell recently accepted a position at the library in Merced, Calif., to be closer to SUBMITTED - PAT DUKE

“We love Diane and the significant contribution she’s made to West Linn. Replacing her will be a challenge given how much positivity and creativity she’s brought to the West Linn library,” Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt said.

While the city conducts a search for a new director, the city will employ Wilsonville Library Director Pat Duke about 15 hours a week until April 30 or until a replacement is found. Duke has worked in libraries since 1980.

“We believe this will help us make a smooth transition to a new library director,” City Manager Chris Jordan told the city council.

Duke agreed to the interim position, saying, “I have a great opportunity to see both operations, taking the best ideas from each and providing them to the other. In the process both libraries can be improved. Plus, I’m a library geek. This is fun.”

Duke will have a flexible schedule and will be available to West Linn staff via phone and email when possible when he is not in West Linn. Some of Satchwell’s former duties will be transitioned to library staff during the interim, such as the day-to-day management duties. Duke will supervise and evaluate employee performance, conduct staff meetings, develop and administer the annual library budget, work on the library parking lot development application, work with the Library Advisory Board and attend meetings as required.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the staff, and to working with them to serve citizens,” Duke said. “I can provide some leadership, and work in a few key areas to help develop services.”

Duke said, with longtime youth services librarian Ellen Credle’s retirement, it is a time to re-envision the library’s services to children, from preschoolers on up.

“As the full-time director of the Wilsonville library, I have the unique ability to create a partnership between the staffs of both libraries,” he said. “Wilsonville has great preschool programs that I hope will be a good fit for West Linn. I am excited by the prospect of exploring further enrichment to the excellent West Linn children’s programs.”

West Linn will pay Duke an hourly wage equivalent to what he earns as the Wilsonville library director, which is $73 an hour, totaling about $18,615.

“The residents can expect that, although my tenure will be brief, I will work diligently to continue and improve the fine services that citizens now enjoy. And just as in Wilsonville, my door is always open. I want to hear ideas from West Linn residents about the library,” Duke said.

The city estimates it will save between $15,000 and $20,000 during the next four months under this agreement since Duke will only be working part time.

The West Linn library director advertised position includes a salary range of $6,697 to $9,147 a month with a management benefit package. The director is responsible for overall supervision of library services including 17.6 full-time employees and a $1.8 million budget.

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