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Kitsap Regional Library’s Jill Jean to retire, Jason Driver hired

Kitsap Regional Library’s Jill Jean to retire, Jason Driver hired

Kitsap Regional Library Director Jill Jean will retire on December 31 after serving the library system for 15 years. A new library director, announced Friday, will be onboard on February 1.

The library announced Jean’s retirement in September. After conducting a nationwide search in the past few months, the KRL board of trustees on Friday announced that Jason Driver, who has 20 years of experience in public library service, has been named the new library director.

According to a statement from the library, Driver served most recently as a District Chief at Chicago Public Library overseeing 14 branches and the supervision of 125 staff. He received his master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Thrilled to accept the position, Driver, with his wife and their two children, is already looking for a new home in Kitsap County, according to the statement.

Jason Driver is going to be the new director of Kitsap Regional Library, starting from February 1, 2022.

“We were attracted to Kitsap County because of the breathtaking natural beauty, excellent school system, and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family,” Driver said in the statement.

KRL Board of Trustees is thrilled to have recruited Driver to the library and to the community, the board’s vice president Stephanie George said in the statement.

“Throughout the process he demonstrated a strong commitment to the core services of libraries today, but also looking forward what they can be for our communities,” George said on behalf of the Trustees.