New Garfield County Library Board of Trustee member Myrna Fletchall speaks to the Board of County Commissioners on April 30, 2024.

Myrna Fletchall appointed to library board

Was selected out of 10 candidates vying for seat to represent Rifle

May 7, 2024

The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has appointed Myrna Fletchall to the Garfield County Public Library District Board of Trustees to represent the Rifle area. Following a thorough interview process, she was selected out of 10 volunteer candidates who live in Rifle.

On March 18, 2024, the board approved resolution 2024-12, which states that “the Board of County Commissioners, acting as a committee, shall appoint a qualified person to fill the [trustee] vacancy. Said appointment must be ratified by a two-thirds majority vote of the commissioners.”

The library board had recommended three finalists, including Fletchall, Hanna Arauza, and Kirsten Clancy.

“I’m impressed with each and every one of you,” said Commissioner John Martin said of all the candidates. “The different layers of concern, involvement, and direction was great. It is truly a diverse group of applicants.”

During a public interview with the county commissioners on April 30, Fletchall noted that she would provide her perspective on what she feels is the best way forward but will also support the decisions that the board makes collectively.

“I’m a person who conducts research and collects data and I will bring that to the board of trustees,” she said during the public interview. “I’m a person who will express my opinion and what I think is right. I will not just give my opinion, but also the research of what’s behind it and why I support that opinion in order to convince others to move in my direction.”

Commissioner Tom Jankovsky noted that Fletchall’s resume and experience working with budgets fit well for a board member and her interview responses sealed his support.

“When we conducted the interviews, one thing that stuck out to me was how well someone works from a minority or majority position on a committee or board,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky. “I appreciated Myrna’s response on that. Also, the library district has a policy for internet use for minors and children and when asked if there should be a similar policy for books, and her answer was ‘yes,’ and that was a deciding factor for me.”

The appointment was made unanimously, 3-0.

“Many times, when you have volunteer boards, you have none, or perhaps one or two who apply for positions,” added Commissioner Mike Samson. “It’s tough when you don’t see much interest and my heart was gladdened when we had 17 people apply originally, and that was pared down to 10. We had a lot of really stellar applicants and I want to thank each and every one for applying.”