Charged with the responsibilities of fiscal oversight and policy-setting, the Governing Board of the Arrowhead Library System consists of thirteen representatives of the region’s citizens and member libraries. Public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries each elect one member for a total of four local trustees to the ALS Board. The Board of Commissioners from each of the seven participating counties appoint a total of nine citizens to the ALS Board. As per Minnesota Statutes, terms of office are for three years, with a limit of three consecutive three-year terms. Terms start January 1 of a given year.
The ALS Governing Board has an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Secretary, and Chairs of the Budget, Governance, and Personnel Committees. Officers are elected at the Annual Meeting in May of each year. Much of the work of the Governing Board is delegated to four standing committees: budget, executive, governance, and personnel.
The full ALS Governing Board meets the second Thursday of the month in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The ALS Executive Committee meets in March, May, September, and November. Except for the Annual Meeting in May of each year, the Governing Board meetings start at 10:00 a.m. and are preceded by an Executive Committee meeting.
Board Members / Seat
Marcia Anderson – Public Libraries
Steve Bean – Academic Libraries
Patricia Brandstaetter – Carlton County
Open – Koochiching County
Amanda Houle – School Libraries
Dennis Jerome – Itasca County
Brad Jones – Lake County
Virginia Katz – St. Louis County
Patrick Layman – St. Louis County
Marge McPeak – St. Louis County
Ron Rudd – Lake of the Woods County
Audrey Stattelman – Cook County
Christopher Welter – Special Libraries
Dennis Jerome, President
Audrey Stattelman, Secretary
Amanda Houle, Budget Committee Chair
Marge McPeak, Personnel Committee Chair