Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Vacancy

Open Until Filled
Mid-Columbia Libraries is accepting applications to fill an unexpired term on its Board of Trustees. The term expires Dec. 31, 2022. The position currently available on the Board of Trustees represents residents of Benton County. Applicants must reside in Benton County; residents of City of Richland are not eligible to apply. The position is open until filled.  If you have questions, please contact or call (509) 737-6356.

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Mid-Columbia Libraries is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees appointed jointly by the Benton and Franklin County Commissioners. Board member terms are seven years. Board members serve without salary but are reimbursed for necessary travel expenses.

The Board is the policy-making body for the library district. It has the power to determine the rules and regulations governing library service and personnel as mandated by the library laws of the State of Washington. The officers consist of a board chair, vice-chair and secretary.

Meetings are open to the public and comments are welcome. Information on the members, meeting schedule, agenda and minutes is found by clicking on the links or by contacting the executive director's office at 737-6356.

Board Members

Mid-Columbia Libraries is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees appointed jointly by the Benton and Franklin County Commissioners. Board members are volunteer citizens who represent different regions of the library service area. The Board welcomes comments and suggestions. You can contact the Board via email, phone, or mail:

Board of Trustees
Mid-Columbia Libraries
405 S. Dayton Street
Kennewick, WA 99336

Meeting Information

Board meetings are scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month, starting at 5:30 pm. Special meetings and workshop sessions are also held as needed. Board meetings are generally held at the Keewaydin Park Library, 405 S. Dayton Street, Kennewick, WA. Please check the agendas for the specific schedule and meeting location.


The agenda of a Board meeting is available the week prior to a scheduled meeting. Please click here for agendas, or contact the executive director's office at (509) 737-6356.

The ability to attend Board meetings is temporarily limited to remote access only, and in-person attendance is not permitted at this time.
January 19, 2021 Regular Meeting
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Board meeting minutes are available following approval at the next regular meeting. Please check here for minutes, or contact the executive director's office at (509) 737-6356.


Financial Information

Mid-Columbia Libraries' financial support comes from property taxes from unincorporated Benton and Franklin Counties, annexed cities of Kahlotus, Benton City, Connell, Kennewick, and Mesa, and from service contracts with the cities of Pasco, Othello and West Richland.

2020 Budget

Tom Callahan

Chairman (Benton County)
(509) 737-0615

Susan Paysse

Member (Franklin County)
(509) 551-0262

Martin Valadez

Vice-Chairman (Franklin County)

Ed Frost

Member (Benton County)

Louise Matzner

Secretary (Benton County)
(509) 786-3774

Sandy LePage

Member (Franklin County)
(509) 547-6015