County picks man as library trustee



Clark County commissioners have selected Christopher O’Malley to serve as a county representative on the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Board of Trustees. The appointment must also be approved by county commissioners in Skamania and Klickitat counties.

O’Malley, who lives in the Salmon Creek area, is a vice president of retail service for iQ Credit Union. A three-year resident of Clark County, he serves as treasurer for the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center.

Tom Mielke, board chair, said O’Malley was selected from an outstanding field of candidates. Mielke said that O’Malley’s financial background, especially in these tough economic times, would be a valuable addition to the library board.

Library trustees, who are not paid, are responsible for policies involving 13 branch libraries, three bookmobiles and related services for about 400,000 people in Southwest Washington. Branch libraries are located in Battle Ground, Cascade Park, Goldendale, La Center, North Bonneville, Ridgefield, Stevenson, Salmon Creek, Vancouver, Washougal, White Salmon and Woodland.

If approved by commissioners from all three counties, O’Malley will fill the Position 7 seat being vacated by Rose Smith. The term concludes in December 2014. This position is designated for a Clark County resident living outside of Vancouver or Camas.