Oscar Gittemeier

Hailing from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System in Georgia, Oscar Gittemeier brought a wealth of experience to Jackson for his role as the Teton County Library’s new director. The library board announced Thursday that Gittemeier was no longer the director, but provided no other information on his exit.

Oscar Gittemeier is no longer the Teton County Library director.

A press release from the library board announced his “departure” Thursday, but gave no additional information on his exit.

Gittemeier came on board in July after serving for years in the Fulton County Library system in Georgia. That makes his tenure here just over three months.

Including interim directors, he was the sixth head of the library in the past four years.

Coming into the role, library board members held Gittemeier in high regard because of his work designing programming and advocating for patron privacy.

“Oscar’s positive, optimistic energy, creativity and broad experience regarding innovation distinguished himself from the other candidates,” board Chairman Mark Hendrickson wrote in an email to the Jackson Hole News&Guide when Gittemeier started in mid-July.

Reached Thursday by email, Hendrickson confirmed that Gittemeier had left, but said he and other board members could not comment further on personnel matters.

The board’s press release said patrons would see no interruption in service, and that it “expects to share information regarding succession soon.”

“The Board is committed to ensuring that staff at the library have a good working environment and we will work to support them though this transition,” Hendrickson said in the press release.

Hendrickson also thanked the Teton County Board of County Commissioners for its support of the library board, saying the two bodies were “maximizing the efficiency and transparency of library operations.”

At their Oct. 12 meeting, the county commissioners began a process of reviewing the library’s operations to ascertain whether the county could take over some aspects of the library’s budgeting process.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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(1) comment

Tim Rieser

It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the much of the pry lies with the board in leadership and selection.

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