Library Board of Trustees launches executive director search

The Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) Board of Trustees is seeking a visionary leader to serve as the Library’s next executive director. The director will replace Pam Nissler, who plans to retire in August.

At its March 8 meeting, the board announced the formation of a formal search committee, consisting of trustees, library staff and community stakeholders, including:

  • Charles Naumer, vice-chair, Library Board of Trustees
  • Kim Johnson, secretary, Library Board of Trustees
  • Sandie Coutts, director, Employee Relations and Development, JCPL
  • Adam Paul, mayor, Lakewood
  • Nancy Tucker, former librarian and community advocate

In addition, the board has retained the services of Bradbury Miller Associates to assist with the nation-wide search. They expect to launch the search in mid-March, with the goal of having a new executive director on board by mid-to-late August.

“We’re pleased to be working with Bradbury Miller Associates,” said Julia Hill-Nichols, chair of the Library Board of Trustees. “They’ve specialized in executive searches for libraries of all types since 1983 and have conducted over 190 successful recruitment projects.

“Pam Nissler, our current executive director, will be a hard act to follow,” Hill-Nichols continued. “She’s done a great job of leading JCPL through tough times and positioning the Library for an exceptional future.” 

“The Library Board has requested a recruitment process that is open and transparent and invites community input,” said Dan Bradbury, owner and managing partner, Bradbury Miller Associates. “We look forward to working with JCPL to find the best possible candidate to lead the Library forward.”

Potential candidates for the position may contact Dan Bradbury at