Two of our candidates, Dr. Matthew Hortt and Tonya Kennon, have withdrawn from consideration for the library director position.

An additional candidate, John McNaughton, will go through the interview process on Tuesday, February 27. His presentation is open to the public on Tuesday, February 27 at 2:30 pm. If you would like to provide us with feedback, please give it here no later than Tuesday, February 27 at 3:00 pm. The Board of Library Commissioners will take this feedback into consideration when they meet at 3:00 pm on Tuesday.

About the candidate

John McNaughton’s seventeen years of love for public library service began when he was hired as a circulation clerk in Plano, Texas. He spent four years as a reference librarian before accepting his first directorship at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He is currently the director of the Romeo District Library in Southeast Michigan, not far from his hometown of Lake Orion.

John believes that libraries should be innovative and progressive to grow with a community’s changing demographics and needs. He thrives on change and enjoys geeking out about new technologies. John is fiercely committed to the idea that libraries can be a driver for social change by providing places and services to advance equity, literacy, and community engagement.

John completed his BFA in English at Northern Michigan University and received his MLS from Wayne State University. He is married to Katie (DeVries) McNaughton, an RN, Grand Rapids native, and graduate of Grand Rapids City High. He enjoys playing board games (especially with his three-year-old daughter Louise) and is working on his first graphic novel, which isn’t half-bad.