Library Board of Trustees Begins National Search for New Executive Director

After five years serving as executive director for the Poudre River Public Library District, David Slivken has announced he will retire on November 12, 2021. With Slivken’s retirement, the Library District Board of Trustees is moving forward with a national search for the new executive director and hopes to have final candidates chosen in October. 

Slivken’s career in libraries spans 50 years. He joined the District in 2016 and oversaw a variety of important projects including developing a multi-year Library Master Plan to establish the vision of library service in our community in the 21st century. He was also critical in leading the libraries through the challenges of the pandemic.  

“We are grateful to David Slivken for the wonderful job he has done as our Executive Director over the past five years,” says Fred Colby, President of the Board of Trustees. “The Board of Trustees is focused now on finding the best possible person to help us continue providing our community with the full range of quality library services that it deserves. We are pleased to have June Garcia helping us in this search, and hopeful that we will have identified the new Executive Director before year’s end.” 

The Board selected June Garcia to assist in the national search for a new executive director. Ms. Garcia has over 50 years’ experience as a public librarian, including head of branches for the Phoenix Public Library and six years as Director of the San Antonio Public Library. She is a nationally-known consultant based in Denver who has conducted more than 60 searches for library executives. In 2019, Ms. Garcia received the Melvil Dewey Medal from the American Library Association for many accomplishments during a long, varied, and distinguished career as a public library administrator, author, trainer, and consultant.  

Additional details about the search and potential candidates will be provided as the process moves forward. Library staff will have opportunities to provide input along the way. Please note: the following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. 

The library will continue to provide the community with updates on the process. Be sure to subscribe to library email announcements, follow us on social media, visit our website, and/or pick up a monthly newsletter for all the latest details. Additional information about the Executive Director position and application process is available online at