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Racine Public Library Board of Trustees

Meet the leaders who oversee the library's mission and organizational health.
Board Meetings

Racine Public Library Board Trustees and Committee Members

Sue Trottier

Board President

Finance & Personnel Committee

Racine Public Library Foundation

Friends of the Racine Public Library

County Appointee

Term Expires 2024

[email protected]

Melissa Kaprelian

Board Vice President

Finance & Personnel Committee

Racine Public Library Foundation

City and Common Council Appointee

Term Expires 2023

[email protected]

James O’Hagan

Board Secretary

Building & Grounds Committee

City Appointee

Term Expires 2024

[email protected]

Angelina Cruz

Building & Grounds Committee
City Appointee
Term Expires 2025
[email protected]

A photo of Damian Evans, a Black man. He's wearing a suit and tie, and he has a shaved head and a salt-and-pepper beard and mustache.

Damian Evans

Finance & Personnel Committee
City Appointee
Term Expires 2024
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Melvin Hargrove

Finance & Personnel Committee

County Appointee

Term Expires 2025

[email protected]

Rebecca Hornung

Finance & Personnel Committee

City Appointee

Term Expires 2023

[email protected]

A photo of Carl Hubbard, a thin, Black man. He's wearing a jean jacket over a plaid shirt. His hair is short and gray, and his mouth and eyes are framed by smile lines.

Carl Hubbard

Building & Grounds Committee

City Appointee

Term Expires 2025

[email protected]

A photo of Alberto Huerta, a Latino man. He has short, black, styled hair with the sides shaved, a beard and mustache, and a charcoal gray suit.

Alberto Huerta

Finance & Personnel Committee

City Appointee

Term Expires 2025

[email protected]

A photo of Brian O'Connell, a white trustee of the board with a blonde mustache, beard and soul patch and medium-length, wavy blond hair.

Brian O’Connell

Building & Grounds Committee

City and RUSD Appointee

Term Expires 2024

[email protected]

A photo of Jenny Trick, a thin, white woman. She's wearing a navy blue RCEDC pullover, and her short, gray hair is styled into curls around her head.

Jenny Trick

Building & Grounds Committee

County Appointee

Term Expires 2025

[email protected]

Vacant

City Appointee

Vacant

County Appointee

How do we select new trustees?

 

Most of our trustees are community members selected by the mayor and Racine Common Council. Another large portion of trustees are appointed by a county chairperson and the county board. Wisconsin State Statutes actually have specific requirements about what types of representatives need to sit on a library board. In essence, our board needs to be made up of the following people:

  • Nine residents of the city of Racine
  • Up to one member of the City of Racine Common Council
  • One Racine Unified School District administrator or representative
  • Up to five additional Racine County residents, depending on how much of our most recent budget comes from county funding.

The long version is in the dropdown below if you’re interested in reviewing the finer details.

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What do Wisconsin state statutes say about the makeup of a library board?

Wisconsin State Statute § 43.54 (1), the governing body of the library (Racine Public Library Board of Trustees, referred to as the Library Board for the remainder of this document) shall consist of nine members of whom are residents of the City of Racine, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council. Not more than one member of the Common Council shall be a member of the Library Board at any one time and one of the Library Board members shall be a Unified School District Administrator or Administrator’s representative. (Sec. 43.54(1)(c), Wis. Stats).

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Wisconsin State Statute § 43.60 (3), a County Chairperson, with the approval of the County Board, may appoint additional member(s) of the Library Board from among the residents of the County, as follows:

  • If the annual sum appropriated by the county to the public library is equal to at least one-sixth, but less than one-third, of the annual sum appropriated to the public library by any municipality in which the public library is located during the preceding fiscal year, one additional member.
  • If the annual sum appropriated by the county to the public library is equal to at least one-third, but less than one-half, of the annual sum appropriated to the public library by any municipality in which the public library is located, 2 additional members.
  • If the annual sum appropriated by the county to the public library is equal to at least one-half, but less than two-thirds, of the annual sum appropriated to the public library by any municipality in which the public library is located, 3 additional members.
  • If the annual sum appropriated by the county to the public library is equal to at least two-thirds, but less than the annual sum appropriated to the public library by any municipality in which the public library is located, 4 additional members.
  • If the annual sum appropriated by the county to the public library is equal to at least the annual sum appropriated to the public library by any municipality in which the public library is located, 5 additional members.

Want to learn more about the responsibilities of a board trustee? Check out the Racine Public Library’s board bylaws below.

Joining the Board

Want to become a library board trustee? Contact Executive Director Angela Zimmermann at (262) 636-9252.

Board and Committee Meetings

Racine Public Library Board of Trustees

Third Thursday of every month

4:30 to 6 p.m.

Lee Room and Zoom

 

Racine Public Library Building and Grounds Committee

Meets As Needed

Lee Room and Zoom

 

Racine Public Library Personnel and Finance Committee

Meets As Needed

Lee Room and Zoom

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