The Marysville Public Library board of trustees chose a new director because of his "passion for public libraries," according to board President Robert A. Buckley.
Randy Matlow will start his new job Sept. 3, succeeding Ryan McDonnell, who will become director of the Grandview Heights Public Library after almost 10 years in Marys-ville.
Matlow's base salary will be $70,200 per year, with 22 PTO (paid time off) days per year, including vacation and sick time. He will get seven paid holidays and three paid floating holidays. He will also receive medical, dental, and eye insurance and 60-percent of the premium for family coverage.
Arleen Leslie, the library's human resources/technology manager, said all library em-ployees are required by law to participate in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.
"The library contributes 14 percent and the employee 10 percent of the employee's gross earnings," she said.
The library will also provide a stipend of up to $1,000 to help Matlow with the cost of moving.
McDonnell's salary is $79,000 per year, with the similar benefits.
Matlow has been director of the Bullitt County Public Library in Kentucky since 1989. He received degrees in science education, environmental education and natural resources from the Ohio State University. While at OSU, he worked at the Ohio State Libraries, first as a student worker and later as a supervisor. He received his master's degree in library science from the University of Kentucky.
"What attracted the board to Randy was his passion for public libraries as a center of the community and as a place for people of all ages to continue to learn and enjoy the many services that the library has to offer," Buckley said.
"Public libraries are at the center of every community with its free availability of information, books and media, and serves as the place where people in the community gather to enjoy activities and stay connected," Matlow said.
"With the help of the board of trustees and staff and with guidance from the community, I want to help move the Marysville Public Library into the future. I love to see libraries as dynamic, community-centered, fun places for the whole family."
Matlow was in charge of expanding a library system in one of the fastest-growing counties in Kentucky. He started anime programs (a type of animated film) and a convention for teens and young adults, and was a founding member of the Bullitt County Arts Council.
He was awarded the Outstanding Public Library Service Award by the Kentucky Library Association in 2005. He has served on the board of the Bullitt County Extension and on the board of the Family Resource Center.
Matlow and his wife, Bonnie, have been married for 37 years and are the parents of a son, Dylan.
"I recently bought an old farmstead in Delaware County and have been fixing it up and I will be moving in there shortly," he said. "I can't wait to start working at the Marysville Public Library and getting to know the people in the area."
McDonnell made it clear when he announced his resignation in May that he would be available to the board to help with the transition to a new director.
"I think it will be really important to help orient the new director, introductions within the community, get familiar with what the community's needs are," McDonnell said. "That's also why we picked the timeline we picked. I want to be able to make sure there's enough time for a smooth transition."