Mayor Announces Creation of Task Force to Explore Library Funding Options
Mayor John W. Hickenlooper and City Librarian Rick J. Ashton announced Tuesday the creation of a 15-member task force to explore various funding and governance options for the Denver Public Library system, ranging from maintaining the status quo of an independent city agency dependent on City finances to creating a special library taxing district, and all options in between. The first Task Force meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at 4 p.m. at the Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, in the Commission Room on level seven.
The Library Task Force will meet weekly for at least two months to research, analyze and assess the feasibility of multiple models and scenarios of funding mechanisms and administration for the Denver Public Library system. They will ultimately forward their recommendations to the Mayor.
The Library Task Force is composed of the following individuals:
Cheryl Cohen-Vader, Chair
Mgr. of Revenue/Deputy Mayor, City & County of Denver
Retired Denver Public Schools teacher and librarian
Denver City Councilwoman At-Large; Former Director of Mayor's Office for Education & Children
Wesley A. Brown
President, Denver Public Library Commission; Director, McDonald Investments
George P. Caulkins, III
Finance Committee Member, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation; Principal, Greendeck Capital.
President, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation Board; Director of External Affairs, Urban Peak.
Former City Councilwoman, District 5; Board Member, Scientific Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
Treasurer, City & County of Denver
Deputy District Administrator, SCFD
Executive Director, Latina Initiative
City Councilwoman, District 3 Former Director of Boards and Commissions; Former Clerk & Recorder, City & County of Denver
2003 Board Chair, Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
Mel E. Thompson
Director of Budget and Management, City & County of Denver
Member, Denver Public Library Commission; President, A Private Guide, Inc.; Chair, Black American West Museum and Heritage Center
Private Banking Officer, Colorado Business Bank; Advisory Board Member, Colorado Humane Society; Member, Denver Safe City Grant Review Board
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