Library Board special meeting minutes - Director Interview Chad Helton - May 18, 2020

The public is welcome at all library board meetings.

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Day, May 18, 2020, virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Present: Chris Damsgard, Tim Dolan, Rahfat Hussain, Sheila Letscher, Margy Ligon, Adja Kaba, Labelle Nambangi and Erin Vrieze Daniels

Hennepin County Staff: Jeannette Lewis, Deborah Johnson, Michael Rossman and Kari Boe-Schmidtz

Public: N/A

Call to Order

President Erin Vrieze Daniels called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of May 18, 2020, to order at 5:30 p.m., and welcomed all in attendance.

Approval of Agenda

Motion by: Margy Ligon
Seconded by: Sheila Letscher
Motion passed.

Public Comment

Patrons and some HC Library employees expressed some interview questions they would like answered by the Director finalist. The Board President clarified Public Comment will be received as commentary, patron interview questions will not be asked to the Finalist.

Candidate Introduction – County Administration

Michael Rossman, Chief Human Resources for Hennepin County introduced Chad Helton as the finalist for the Library Director position.

Library Board Introduction and Overview

The Hennepin County Library Board is an Advisory Board made of Hennepin County residents, who are appointed by the County Board of Commissioners. The Board’s purpose is outlined in the delegated duties by the Hennepin County Board to make recommendations to the County Administrator on the appointment or removal of the Library Director.

Candidate Interview

Chad Helton started by giving an overview of his education and past professional experience. Library Board members asked a series of (7) interview questions to the Library Director finalist Chad Helton.

Library Board Director Recommendation *

The Hennepin County Library Board recommends to the County Administrator the appointment of Chad Helton as the new Hennepin County Library Director.

Motion by: Sheila Letscher
Seconded by: Chris Damsgard
Motion passed.


There being no further business, Erin Vrieze Daniels made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:20 p.m.; seconded by Margy O. Ligon. Motion passed. The next meeting of the Hennepin County Library Board will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2020, virtually via Microsoft Teams.