Teton County Library has a new interim director, but it didn’t have to look far.
The library announced Thursday afternoon that Ari Goldstein will take over the post. Sid Stanfill, former director of the Pinedale library, filled the role after Library Director Dawn Jenkin resigned in November, but Stanfill has decided to head back into retirement.
“The library board appreciates the expertise and guidance Sid Stanfill has provided these past four and a half months and we wish him well as he returns to retirement,” board President John Hebberger Jr. said in a press release.
Goldstein has been the treasurer of the library board since 2016, and the contract requires him to leave that post before he takes over from Stanfill on April 30. Stanfill’s original contract was up at the end of February, but he stayed on for another two months to help the library navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
Hebberger said in an email that board Vice Chairman Mark Hendrickson had the lead role in moving Goldstein into the new position. The board also took input from its other members, the Teton County Attorney’s Office and the county human resources department. Goldstein himself was recused for the vote that gave him the job.
A contract provided in the library board’s packet for its Thursday meeting shows that Goldstein will be paid $70 per hour and expected to work at least 20 hours and four days per week. He will hold the position until June 30, after which the board will have the option to renew the contract in 30-day increments.
In March, Goldstein left his role as a portfolio manager at Beddow Capital Management, an investment firm headquartered in Jackson. If Stanfill’s two stints as interim director are taken into account, Goldstein will be the library’s fifth director in the past four years.
With Stanfill leaving, Hebberger said in an email to the News&Guide, Goldstein was the best choice they had to fill the gap until a permanent director is found. He called Goldstein a great choice for the library and the community.
“We certainly regret the necessity for Ari to leave the TCL board, he has been a most valuable member, and our Treasurer for several years,” he wrote in his email.
The search for a permanent director continues, with firm John Keister and Associates at the helm. The library’s press release said it expects to interview candidates for the position within the next month, though Hebberger said the hiring process could take months.