Finalists Named in Watertown Library Director Search, Public Interviews Scheduled

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The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Library:

The Board of Trustees of the Watertown Free Public Library (WFPL) began searching for a new library director earlier this year, following the retirement of Leone Cole, who had served in that role for 27 years. The Trustees initiated this search in January with the help of Bernard Lynch of Community Paradigm Associates.

After receiving 15 applications, the Preliminary Screening Committee selected five candidates to interview last month. That pool was then narrowed down to three finalists who were recommended to the Trustees.

At the Board of Trustees’ meeting last Tuesday, Trustee Teddy Kokoros announced the three finalists: Caitlin Browne, Amanda Hirst, and Maria Palacio.

The next step in the process is for the Board of Trustees to interview the three finalists. These interviews will take place at a special meeting of the Trustees on Tuesday, April 19 at 4 PM in the Watertown Savings Bank Room at the Library. The Board will make its final decision at a meeting the following Monday, April 25. 

The Trustees invite WFPL staff and patrons to submit questions for the three director candidates. Email questions to Bernard Lynch ( by Friday, April 15th.  The Trustees will use some of the questions received from the public when they interview the candidates.

The agenda for the April 19th Library Trustees Meeting, along with information on the three candidates, and results of a community survey conducted earlier this year with respect to the director search, can be found online at

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