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Jackson County Library District hires new library director

The Jackson County Library District has hired a new library director after former director Tammy Westergard resigned last summer.

Westergard was recruited from Carson City, Nevada, and became library director in June 2015.

She resigned in order to move back to Nevada and help her ailing father, said Jackson County Library District Board of Directors President Maureen Swift.

Jamar Rahming — regional branch operations manager for the library system in Austin, Texas — will become the new library director in Jackson County at the beginning of December. He'll begin by attending a few conferences, then start work here Dec. 8, Swift said.

The board of directors plans to officially announce Rahming's hiring at its meeting next week and release additional details, Swift said.

Swift said Rahming wanted to leave Austin due to traffic and gentrification. A theater buff, he will be close to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and other local theaters after moving to the Rogue Valley. Rahming, who grew up in Colorado, also wants to return to a place with mountains, she said.

"We had a lengthy interview with him and other candidates," she said. "I think it's going to be a good match."

The Jackson County library system has 15 branches, an all-volunteer board of directors and its own funding stream after voters approved a tax levy and independent library district in May 2014.

— Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.