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.

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 Tuesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

Current Library Board of Trustees Agenda / Agenda Archive

Current Library Board of Trustees Minutes / Minutes Archive

Please see Events Calendar for upcoming meetings.


Current Board Members

Elmer CameronElmer Cameron
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 book donated to the Friends' Book Shop.

Mirek GornyMirek Gorny
Mirek Gorny grew up in southern Poland and moved to this country 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 a resident of Escondido since 2002.

Ron GuilesRon Guiles
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.


Gary KnightGary Knight
Gary Knight, President, is the CEO and President of San Diego North Economic Development Council, serving in that role since 2004. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he spent many years in the health care field and now devotes his energies to bringing economic and workforce development to better serve the San Diego region. Mr. Knight serves on a number of boards and committees including San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board of Advisors, SANDAG Regional Housing Working Group and Regional Energy Group, Futures Foundation Board of Directors, I-15 Interregional Partnership Working Group, National University and MiraCosta Business School Advisory Boards, and the MiraCosta College President's Board.

Mayra SalazarMayra Salazar
Mayra Salazar grew up in Escondido and attended the local schools in the district, as well as utilized the public library services throughout the entirety of her education. As a young member of the community she is aware of the necessities individuals need to prosper in their community through education and diligent hard work. She graduated with honors from Azusa Pacific University, where she majored in Political Science and Pre-Law. Ms. Salazar is currently working as a District Liaison for Assemblywoman Waldron’s district office. Along with this, she enjoys volunteering at her church’s youth group and making a meaningful impact in the community she grew up in.


Contact the Board

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

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