Jefferson County Public Library Trustees are appointed by the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, in accordance with the Colorado Library Law (Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 24, Article 90, Section 108). The Board's powers are defined in the Colorado Library Law.
In 1986, the Trustees determined an increase in funding was necessary and took the issue before the people. Jefferson County voters approved a dedicated library mill levy of up to 3.5 mills. Using that as a guideline, the County Commissioners set the library tax levy to be collected and also appropriate the Library’s budget each year.
On behalf of Jefferson County residents, this governing Board:
- Has the authority to make policy. The Library Board uses the Carver and Charney Policy Governance Model as the framework to guide its decision making.
- Has fiscal and legal responsibility for control and management of the Library to:
- Develop and approve an annual operating budget.
- Employ the Executive Director and provide direction to her/him for the organizational goals to be achieved.
- Enter into contracts and other agreements for the management of the Library.
- Hold, acquire and own property, and accept and determine use of gifts (monetary and otherwise) to the Library.
Trustees are required to:
- Reside in Jefferson County.
- Determine and recommend library governing policies.
- Become familiar with state and federal laws governing libraries, public meetings, availability of public records and First Amendment rights.
- Prepare for, attend and participate in all Board meetings/study sessions, retreats, conferences and workshops.
- Secure adequate funding and practice responsible fiscal management of the public money.
- Plan for the future of the Library.
- Promote library services and advocate for the Library in the community.
- Serve without pay. Expenses related to participation in library activities may be reimbursed.
Meet the Board
Term: through September 30, 2019
Growing up on the plains of Nebraska, DeLaet was a frequent visitor (to his Grandmother) in Jefferson County as a boy. After serving as an educational missionary with the Lutheran Church for many years, he and his wife Maki and four children located to Wheat Ridge in 1998.
While running their own business, EduCyber, Inc., they have been engaged in the community in a variety of ways. Mr. DeLaet is a member of the Optimists, has been active with the Boy Scouts of America for over 10 years, has been a volunteer at both Kullerstrand elementary and Bethlehem Lutheran School and has worked with the internship program at Lakewood High School. He was the first board president for Wheat Ridge 2020, an economic and community development corporation in Wheat Ridge and continues to be involved with that organization, having completed the Wheat Ridge 2020 Planning Academy in early summer of 2011.
Mr. DeLaet loves books and libraries as well as having an intense interest in technology and how technology affects how we interact with books and libraries.
Charles Naumer, Vice Chair
Term: through September 30, 2020
Charles is the CEO of CiviCore, a software company serving nonprofit and public sector organizations. His professional and academic work focus on the development of information systems that build capacity within the social sector. His work utilizes information to promote sense making and bridge the digital divide.
Charles' community commitments include being appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Disability Funding Committee. Currently, he is chairing the CDFC's subcommittee on License Plate Auctioning. He is beginning his fourth year as a member of Jefferson County Public Schools Leadership Committee. Charles serves on the Bergens Leadership Council and also volunteers for Anchor Center for Blind Children.
Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, Master’s degree from Harvard University in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington.
Charles is a Colorado native and lives in Evergreen with his wife and two young daughters.
Term: through September 30, 2019
Deborah Deal is an accredited public relations executive (APR) and the CEO of the IX Power Foundation based in Golden. She also directs marketing initiatives for IX Power Clean Water.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, Deborah grew up in a military family and has traveled the world. Before moving to Colorado full-time, she was the Vice President of Hyperion Power Generation and ran the company’s Washington, D.C. office. She was responsible for the company’s marketing efforts and interaction with the U.S. Congress, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Pentagon, CIA and other agencies.
While living in Virginia, she cemented her love of libraries by working in various capacities to promote and raise funds for the new Gum Spring Library in Loudoun County.
In addition to serving on the Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees, she is an active alumni of Leadership Jefferson County and Leadership Golden, is the Chair of the JeffCo Innovators’ Workshop, and is involved in the West Chamber, Golden Chamber, and the Denver chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
John C. Bodnar
Term: through September 30, 2018
Bodnar is an employing broker and owner of Noviscon Realty, LLC in Arvada and brings more than 20 years of real estate and other business experience to the Board. He serves on four Realtor® boards and in 2011 was named Realtor® of the Year by Mile High Newspapers. He has served on the North Metro Denver Realtor® Association’s technology task force, standards committee and ethics committee, and the Colorado Association of Realtor’s® professional standards committee.
An active member of the board of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, he also chairs the Arvada Chamber government affairs committee; is the voting member and liaison between the Arvada Chamber and the Jefferson County Business Lobby (JCBL); serves as an Ambassador for the chamber; and was named Ambassador of the Year for 2011.
Other community commitments include volunteer positions with the Apex Park and Recreation District Citizens Review Committee-Vision 2020; the construction committee of Risen Christ Lutheran Church, the National Fragile X Society and Denver Bassmasters. Bodnar attended Ft. Lewis College in Durango pursuing a degree in Forestry with a minor in Business and received his real estate education at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
An Arvada resident for more than 19 years, he is the father of three children, who all own Jefferson County Public Library cards.
Julia Hill-Nichols, Chair
Term: through September 30, 2018
Ms. Hill-Nichols is the owner/principal of Leaders Cove LLC, a management and human resource consulting firm, and brings 35 years of operations management and human resource experience to the Board.
A Jefferson County resident for more than 23 years,Hill-Nichols is a member of a number of local and national associations, including the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, and the Association for Corporate Growth, among others. She also serves on the Belleview Farms Homeowner's Association Board of Directors and chairs the Outreach Committee of Colorado Companies to Watch.
Kim Johnson, Secretary
Term: November 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019
Kim is an active community volunteer whose work reflects time in classrooms, with local PTA units, with MOMS Club International, and in the Jefferson County School District. She currently serves on the Jefferson County School District Strategic Planning Advisory Council. She also served as a member of the Jeffco 2020 Vision Workgroup, which defined the next strategic plan vision for Jeffco Public Schools.
Kim’s professional background also includes more than a decade as a commercial property manager with several firms in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in California. She entered real estate management following a career in retail management, providing for her entrepreneurial outlook in evaluating issues. Kim currently serves as the Business Manager for St. Elizabeth’s School, an intentionally inclusive, independent K-8 school in Denver, CO.
Kim received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a cooperative bachelor’s degree in law and society from the University of California at Riverside. She has been a Jefferson County, Colorado resident since 2003 and resides in Arvada with her husband and two children.
Term: through September 30, 2020
Pam is owner of Consilium Colorado, LLC., a consulting firm that specializes in public/private leadership, program management specializing in elections administration, and political affairs. Pam Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado County Clerks Association, a non-profit professional association which represents the 64 elected and appointed county Clerk and Recorders in the state of Colorado. The Clerk & Recorders are responsible for several functions including administration of coordinated, state and federal elections, recording of all land records and marriage licensing, motor vehicle titling and registration, and Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners. She has also successfully contracted with diverse organizations at the national, county and municipal level to evaluate and improve civic engagement, elections or services to citizens.
Pam was elected the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder in 2006, and re-elected in 2010. Previously she served as the elected City Clerk for the City of Wheat Ridge. Jefferson County, Colorado is located west of Denver with approximately 422,000 registered voters and is politically diverse She has a B.A. in History, Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is a CERA-certified elections professional.
Pam is on the Board of the Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation and Research, and has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver and an advisory member of the Pew Center Performance Index of Elections Advisory group. She is Past- President of the Colorado County Clerks Association.
Pam is married to Jay Anderson and they have two children; Sylas, is a sophomore at the University of San Diego, and Kate who is in her senior year at Wheat Ridge High School. Pam enjoys sports of all sorts, travel, loves the outdoors, cooking, and reading mysteries and thrillers in her downtime.