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Walker named Director at Clear Lake Public Library

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CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake Public Library Board of Trustees and City Administrator Scott L. Flory are pleased to announce that Bryna Walker has been selected as the next Library Director for the City of Clear Lake. She will begin work in Clear Lake on September 7, 2021.

Walker has extensive public library experience and served most recently as the Director of the Washington, Iowa, Public Library. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was selected following an extensivesearch process conducted by a search committee comprised of members of the Library Board of Trustees and City Administrator Scott L. Flory.

“We are very pleased to welcome Bryna to the Clear Lake Public Library and are excited about the vision that she brings to this role”, said Bev Currier of the search committee and Library Board Trustee. Speaking on behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, search committee member and Trustee Sean Moran stated, “The Board of Trustees felt that Bryna possessed the perfect combination of experience, education, and interpersonal skills that will serve the Library and Community of Clear Lake very well.”

Scott Flory, City Administrator of Clear Lake

City Administrator Scott L. Flory stated that, “I felt like Bryna’s background having served as a City public library director, as well as having been a teacher-librarian in the public school system in Iowa, gave her a unique perspective that would promote inclusive values that mirror those of the City and Community”.

During the interview process Walker stated that she thought Clear Lake would be a great fit for her professionally and personally, as it would put her closer to family. Comments from references Walker provided the search committee described her as “a thoughtful and innovative director, with an ability to implement new ideas effectively.”

Mayor Nelson P. Crabb stated that he had “full confidence in the very thorough search process led by the Library Board and that he and the members of the City Council, many of whom had the opportunity to meet and spend some time with Bryna, all think she is a good fit and will do an excellent job for the Community.”

Walker will succeed Jill Pannkuk, who is retiring effective September 10, 2021, after successfully leading the Clear Lake Public Library since January 5, 2015.

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The only complaint I have of the Clear Lake Library is that it is in Clear Lake. We need a library of that caliber in Mason City: the friendly staff, clean, open atmosphere, and the feeling of not being in a medieval dungeon that the Mason City Library evokes. Welcome, Ms. Walker.

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