Beaverton library director will switch jobs
Abigail Elder will move up the road from the Beaverton City Library to the mayor's office.
Elder will become director of the office of Mayor Denny Doyle, effective May 16. Her title is different, but Elder will be in charge of many of the city programs overseen by Randy Ealy, who was chief administrative officer for the first nine years Doyle was mayor. Ealy left Feb. 15 for a job with Portland General Electric.
Among Elder's new responsibilities: City recorder, arts, dispute resolution, facilities management, public involvement and communication, solid waste and recycling, and sustainability.
Elder also will be mayor pro tem when Doyle is unavailable.
Doyle promoted Joyce Barnard to manager of government relations, something Ealy also handled.
"I thought long and hard about this transition and realized that the job was too much for one person to successfully tackle," Doyle said.
Elder will earn an annual salary of $143,217, up from $129,665 as library director.
"As our library director, she has built community relationships and challenged the library to move in new directions — and I know she will bring that same passion creativity to our department," Doyle said. "She is an exceptional leader and I am happy to have her take on this new role."
Elder, 47, succeeded Ed House as Beaverton library director in July 2013. She was manager of the Tualatin Public Library, where she had worked since 2008.
A past president of the Oregon Library Association, she also has worked for the Multnomah County Library System and the Salem Public Library.
Beaverton City Library is part of Washington County Cooperative Library Services. Its main building is on Southwest 5th Street, and there is a branch in the Murray Scholls Town Center.
At a City Council meeting April 10, Vice Chairman John Henshell said he hoped the Library Advisory Board will have a role in filling Elder's job. The mayor appoints department heads.
Barnard is no stranger to city government.
"We are lucky to have a 22-year veteran of the organization, who knows the players, understands the government relations work, and has been a key player behind the scenes on this work for many years," Doyle said. "I am excited to see Joyce step forward and take on her new role and know she is the right person for the job."