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 Thursday 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 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 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 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 Knight is the new Executive Director of the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to improve lives in San Diego through technology. SDFF provides equipment, software, training, services, and technical support to San Diego nonprofits, small businesses, and disadvantaged residents. SDFF is working to bridge the digital divide in San Diego, and helps low-income households, people with disabilities, and seniors. Gary is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Gary has over 25 years of experience in the health care field working for companies such as Proctor and Gamble, American Hospital Supply and Baxter International. Gary moved to San Diego in 1985 to manage a division of Tenent Health Care and in 1995 he started his own consultant agency which he sold in 2003. Prior to joining the San Diego Futures Foundation, Gary Knight was the president and chief executive officer of the San Diego North Economic Development Council. The council is a coalition of public and private entities whose main objective is to attract, retain and develop business in North County. It has almost doubled its membership since Knight took over in 2004. As president, Knight pushed for improved transportation options, greater educational opportunities, and reliable/affordable power supplies. Gary also provided strong support for the proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad and the new Palomar Hospital in Escondido. For recreation Gary enjoys hiking, climbing, water sports and chasing his young grandsons around the house and yard. Gary is active in his church and supports a number of local charities. Mr. Knight also serves on the following Boards, Committees and Advisory Groups: San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board; Escondido Library Board of Trustee's; Small Business Development Center Advisory Board; Escondido Workforce Development Roundtable; LEAD Advisory Board; National University Institute Advisory Board; and Innovation in Technology Board of Directors
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 has worked for elected officials at the State and County level. She is currently working in business development and marketing for a local engineering firm. Along with this, she is a member of the Escondido Charitable Foundation and enjoys volunteering with the youth at her church and EPD/ Escondido Education COMPACT’s Juvenile Diversion Program. To Mayra, the library will always be home.