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John Thill will be CBJ’s new Juneau Public Libraries Director

July 8, 2021 – News

The City and Borough of Juneau is pleased to announce that John Thill will lead the Juneau Public Libraries as its next Director. Current Library Director Robert Barr is joining the City Manager’s Office later this month as Deputy City Manager.

With seventeen years of library experience, Thill is the current Assistant Director for the Meridian Library District in Meridian, Idaho. In his roles, he’s overseen budgets and staffing, planned successful large-scale projects, and introduced the use of restorative justice for library code of conduct issues.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as Juneau’s new Library Director,” Thill said. “I am excited to help continue to make Juneau’s libraries great community spaces and an important part of the city’s education support infrastructure.”

City Manager Rorie Watt said he’s excited to bring Thill on as part of CBJ’s team: “John has held positions at nearly every level in public libraries. His background in and commitment to exceptional customer service, collaborative problem solving, and evaluation make him an excellent fit to lead our libraries and museum into the future.”

Thill completed a Master of Library & Information Science at San Jose State University in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Riverside. Prior to the Meridian Library District, he worked at the Napa County Library in Napa, CA.

Thill will earn an annual salary of $111,404.

For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 586-5240.