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3 in county nominated for library board posts
Panel seeks teen for non-voting one-year term

WEST VALLEY CITY -- Three Salt Lake area residents have been nominated for appointment to fill three vacancies on the Salt Lake County Library Board.

And the board is looking for a high school youth age 16 or older to serve a one-year term on the board, said James D. Cooper, former library board chairman and member of the board development committee.During a meeting Monday in West Valley City, Cooper reported that 20 people had volunteered to serve and had submitted resumes to the board. A request for volunteers was made in late April after three board vacancies occurred.

Board nominees, whose names are to be submitted to the Salt Lake County Commission, are Ken Verdoia, a resident of the Cottonwood area and senior producer at KUED-TV; Orville Carnahan, of the Taylorsville area, a former state legislator and former president of Salt Lake Community College; and Cherrie White, Riverton, a member of the Riverton City Council.

Cooper said the committee is pleased with the interest shown among those who applied to serve.

"All have outstanding qualifications. The committee had a difficult time narrowing the number down to three. The board currently has three vacancies, but we are still looking for a high school student to serve as a non-voting board member," Cooper said.

Information about the position is available on the library system's home page, www.slco.lib.ut.us. High school students interested in serving should write Ileen B. Longsworth, county library director, at 2197 E. Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84121, or call her at 943-4636.

Each application must include a 500-word essay on the topic, "Will the Internet Eliminate the Need for Public Libraries in the Future?" Applications are available at county libraries or on the Web site.

Cooper said the names of 17 people not selected for nomination to the board will be submitted to commissioners for possible appointment elsewhere in the county.

The three library board vacancies were created by the death of MarJean Wright, resignation of Carrie Bryant-Poulsen and an out-of-state move by Roberta Quarton.