Library Board of Trustees

Library Board of Trustees


About the Board

The primary mission of the Escondido Public Library Board of Trustees is to be vocal and energetic advocates for the essential services that the Escondido Public Library provides to our community and to give sound and timely advice and counsel to the Escondido City Council and the City Librarian on the development of plans, policies and programs that are responsive to community needs and desires. The five members of the Board are appointed by the Mayor for three-year terms and confirmed by the City Council. The Board elects a President and Secretary annually.

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Areas of Focus

  • Reviewing and approving policies and fees recommended by library staff.
  • Recommending long-range plans regarding facilities, staff, and programs.
  • Evaluating community desires and needs for library services.
  • Reviewing customer concerns and suggestions.
  • Generating public support and participation in library programs.
  • Determining expenditures of library trust funds.


The board meets the second Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m at City Council Chambers, located at 201 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025-2798.

Current Library Board of Trustees Agenda / Agenda Archive

Please see Events Calendar for upcoming meetings.


Current Board Members

John SchwabJohn Schwab (President) Email the Board of Trustees President
A San Diego native, John graduated from St Augustine High School and received a BS in Operations Management from the University of San Francisco. After two years in the US Army, including a tour with the 1st Air Cav in Vietnam, he returned home to start his aerospace career while working evenings on his MS in Business from SDSU. Ten years of procurement and materials management experience at Solar Turbines and Pacific Southwest Airlines led the way to marketing, sales and project management assignments at companies such as Rohr Industries. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of inventory forecasting and sale order management systems. John has held director level positions in four NYSE listed corporations. In 2003, John changed careers. He spent the next 11 years as the owner/manager of small service businesses in north county. Since retiring, John volunteers with JIT Foster Youth, Escondido Sunrise Rotary, the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the city library. John and his wife Marie live in Escondido within driving distance of their 3 children and 6 grandchildren.


Carolyn ClemensCarolyn Clemens (Secretary) Email the Board of Trustees Secretary
Carolyn has been a resident of Escondido since 2013 and has been a resident of San Diego County her entire life. She received her BA in Political Science and French from the University of San Diego, and received her MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Carolyn has been in project management since 2012, where she focuses on maintaining cost, schedule, and performance of contracts and client deliverables. She is excited to serve on the Escondido Library Board of Trustees because she believes the library is an integral part of Escondido. In serving on the Board, Carolyn hopes to share her love of libraries with the community and ensure that the library remains a place for open discussion and learning. 

Elmer CameronElmer Cameron (Board Member)
Elmer Cameron is a retired Escondido school district administrator who served as the Associate Superintendent and Acting Superintendent. During his 43 years in Escondido, he was chairman or president of the Escondido Rotary Club, Palomar Family YMCA, Elderlink, and Civitan Club of Escondido. Mr. Cameron has served as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Escondido; California Center for the Arts, Escondido; Elizabeth Hospice; and the American Cancer Society. He was education advisor for Assemblyman Bill Bradley and mayor pro-tem of the Escondido City Council. Currently he is the president of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and spends many hours each week appraising the value of books donated to the Friends' Book Shop.

Mirek GornyMirek Gorny (Board Member)
Mirek Gorny grew up in southern Poland and moved to the US in 1987. In Poland he attended the Academy Of Economics. While working full time in the United States, he engaged in many professional and personal development courses. In his professional career he worked in blue-collar jobs as well as running small businesses and serving in management positions. As a strong believer in education and self-development, he has been involved in building successful teams and performance improvement over the last 12 years. Mr. Gorny works as a personal finance consultant and has been an Escondido resident since 2002.

Ron GuilesRon Guiles (Board Member)
Ron Guiles has lived in Escondido since 1967. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona BA and San Diego State University MA. Ron is a retired Escondido School Administrator having spent 34 years in the Escondido Union School District. He served five schools as a principal, Glen View, Miller, North Broadway, Rincon, Oak Hill, in addition to his work as an Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Interim Superintendent. During his 48 years in Escondido Ron has been involved in the community. He has participated in the following: President of the School Administrators of Escondido; Member of the Escondido Police Chief's Community Action Team; Board Member Escondido Boy's Club; Member Escondido Rotary Club; President of the Escondido Education Foundation; Board Member Bank of Escondido, and President of the Escondido United Methodist Foundation Board.

Contact the Board

Escondido Public Library
Board of Trustees
239 South Kalmia Street
Escondido, CA  92025

Phone: 760-839-4601
Fax: 760-741-4255