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Wood named to state library commission

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

George Wood, the recently retired manager of Lincoln County, has been appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve on the North Carolina State Library Commission.

The announcement came this week in a round of other personnel appointments made by the governor.

Wood, who stepped down from his post as county manager at the end of June after five years on the job, saw many changes to the local library throughout his tenure, including the separation of the system from a regional one with Gaston County and various grants awarded for technological improvements.

Significant renovations were also made to the Charles R. Jonas Library in downtown Lincolnton over the last few years.

Library Director Jennifer Sackett was often recognized by Wood at public meetings for her successful efforts to apply for and receive grant funding. In the first year that the Lincoln County Public Library operated independently, more than $170,000 in grants was awarded to the system.

The North Carolina State Library Commission, which is made up of 15 members who serve four-year terms, advises the secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources on library matters. It is also responsible for the evaluating and approving of plans for public-library development, library cooperation and plans for federally funded library programs.

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