Santa Clara’s new City Librarian to continue with innovative approach to community services

Hilary Keith, Santa Clara City Librarian

We are proud to announce the appointment of Hilary G. Keith as Santa Clara’s new City Librarian.  Hilary was selected by the City Manager with approval from the Board of Library Trustees and begins her new post in the heart of Silicon Valley this week.

With almost 20 years in the field of city and municipal library management, Hilary is a seasoned professional, adapt at developing and creating relationships with the community, as well as the city council and municipal departments, enabling her to accomplish community projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Hilary is an award-winning leader in her field and previously held roles as the Director of Library and Cultural Services (City of Santa Fe Springs, CA) and Senior Administrative Librarian (Orange County Public Library).  She was instrumental in the successful completion of a $6 million library renovation project; was able to navigate a 10% budget cut without affecting community services; and modernized satellite libraries to better serve the community.

Spending a significant amount of her personal time in community outreach activities, Hilary is dedicated to serving the needs of neighborhoods, including those of the individual, family and local business.  In Santa Clara, Hilary will oversee a full-time staff of 46 and an annual budget of $7.6 million.

Hilary obtained her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo and currently sits on the California Library Association Board of Directors.

Napa’s new Planning Director to maintain rural sustainability

David Morrison, Napa County Planning Director

We are proud to announce the appointment of David Morrison as Planning Director of Napa County. He was selected this week by the county’s Board of Supervisors.

County Executive Officer Nancy Watt recommended David for the position, “preserving agriculture and the environment is vital to the success of Napa County, and David’s depth of experience in this area will be valuable in guiding the department forward.”

As the former Assistant Planning and Public Works Director for Yolo County, David was instrumental in the development and success of numerous environmental preservation programs, including the county’s General Plan and Housing Element, the adoption of a Climate Action Plan, streamlining the county zoning code, and helping to create the Cache Creek Nature Preserve.

“Napa County is the birthplace of agricultural protection in California and has long been a leader in managing land uses consistent with local values,” Morrison said. “I am honored to be a part of creating solutions to meet the challenges that face our community and to maintain Napa’s role as the forefront of rural sustainability.”

David is also an educator and active member of the community. He has been a guest lecturer since 2007 at UC Davis on a variety of planning subjects, with an emphasis on the interaction between agriculture and urban areas. Before joining Yolo County, he served in various planning positions in the Counties of Tulare and Fresno.

Morrison earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Anthropology, and a Master’s degree in City and Regional planning, both from CSU Fresno.