Board of Trustees

About the Trustees
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The Board of Trustees is the governing body for Spokane County Library District, an independent special-purpose district created by voters in 1942 to provide public library services to unincorporated Spokane County and affiliated cities.

The five-member Board establishes Library District policies, oversees finances and levies the property tax that comprises the majority of District funding.

Trustees are unpaid volunteers appointed by Spokane County Commissioners and may serve a maximum of two consecutive five-year terms.

Meetings
Board meetings held on the third Tuesday of every month at 4pm. Meetings usually take place at the Argonne Library public meeting room adjacent to the District’s Administrative Offices, but are occasionally held at other libraries as well.

Dates, times and locations of meetings are subject to change, so please call 893.8200 or check here to confirm details.

A preliminary meeting agenda is available on the Wednesday preceding the meeting date. The agenda is posted on the District’s website, at our libraries, and is available at the Administrative Offices.

About the Trustees

Chair: John Craig

John Craig joined the Board of Trustees in February 2014. A graduate of the University of Oregon, he has more than 35 years of experience as a newspaper editor and reporter, including coverage of the Spokane Valley and Spokane County governments for The Spokesman-Review.

Now retired, he is a volunteer court visitor in the Spokane County Superior Court Guardianship Monitoring Program.

Craig sees similarities in the roles of libraries and newspapers: Both strive to present useful information objectively.

Second term expires December 31, 2023.

Vice Chair: Kristin Thompson

Kristin Thompson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in May 2014. Thompson is an experienced attorney with a background in estate planning and civil litigation.

She is a vice president and trust officer for Washington Trust Bank. Thompson specializes in the administration of special needs trusts, working for the betterment of the lives of the disabled clients she serves, as well as general wealth management.

Thompson is an active community member with Rotary and is president/co-founder of Joshua 1:Nine Ministries.

Second term expires December 31, 2022.

Trustee: Jessica Hanson

Jessica Hanson was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2021. She is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a master’s degree in Architecture with over 14 years of design experience, specializing in educational, commercial, and multi-family affordable housing facilities.

Hanson’s previous community experience includes service as a city council member in Pomeroy, Wash., and coaching high school cross country.

Hanson believes public library systems to be one of the single greatest assets of a community. 

First term expires December 31, 2025.

Trustee: Ellen Clark

Ellen Clark, a Spokane Valley resident for over 35 years, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2021.  A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Gonzaga University School of Law, she retired from the Spokane County Superior Court and is grateful to be a part of continuing the mission of the Spokane County Library District.  

Clark believes that libraries serve an important part in the life of a community and supports the District’s expansion of programs and services in meeting the changing needs of its customers beyond the traditional role of a library.  

Clark is also president of a small local nonprofit organization supporting the Millwood community, and volunteers at a local hospital.

First term expires December 31, 2024.

Trustee: Jon Klapp

Jon Klapp was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2022.  Klapp is a graduate of Whitman College with a degree in English and Creative Writing. He has been a Civil Service employee of the City of Spokane for the last six years, working with and managing the operations of Customer Service and Public Works departments for the City.

Klapp is a volunteer with Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and is a co-director of the City Employee Art Show and Exhibition.    

Klapp believes the library system to be an invaluable institution of knowledge and access for the communities that Spokane County Library District serves.  

First term expires December 31, 2026

 

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