UPDATED: Chair Resigns From Framingham Library Trustees; Opening on Library Board

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FRAMINGHAM – The chair of the Framingham Library Trustees has resigned from the elected board.

Framingham resident Elizabeth Roy, who has been serving as chair, submitted her resignation to the City

“I am relocating from Framingham. Our family dream of living full-time closer to the coast has come to fruition much sooner than we expected. It has been a pleasure serving the Library as a member of the Board of Trustees and most recently as Chair,” Roy told SOURCE.

“Over the years, the Framingham Library has demonstrated its earnestness in serving every member of the community to the best of its ability, and I am confident that will continue. I look forward to seeing what’s in store, and wish everyone the best,” said Roy.

Roy not only served as chair of the elected board but also served as chair of the Trustees search committee for a new director earlier this year.

Assistant Library Director Lena Kilburn was named one of two finalists and was eventually appointed the new director by the Mayor, and approved by the City Council.

With the next election not until November 2021, Heather Klish, one of the newest trustees, will serve as chair. She is the Board’s current co-chair.

“Heather is fulfilling the Chair’s duties in my absence until an election to replace the Chair is held, likely at the November meeting. We updated our bylaws to include a process to replace officers at our last meeting,” said Roy to SOURCE.

Klish was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees, not elected, when Liz Fiedler resigned.

A joint meeting between the Library Trustees and the City Council in August 2019 was held with Klish, a District 2 resident, receiving the most votes of the potential candidates. Her support was 9-2 on the Council and 5-4 with the Trustees.

The same process will need to be held to replace Roy.

The City will need to advertise for a vacancy on the Framingham Library Board of Trustees. The posting will be for 21-30 days.

Then a joint meeting will be held between the City Council and the Library Board of Trustees to appoint a member to the Library Board in a special meeting.

Upon the election of a resident by a majority of the combined membership of the council and board or committee to fill the vacancy, such person shall be sworn to office, and shall complete the remainder of the term of the vacant seat.

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