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Derek Gordon Joins Library in New Owner Representative Role

December 1, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark County District Library is pleased to announce that Derek Gordon has been named the Library’s new Owner Representative. In this new role for the Library, he will be responsible for the management of new construction and renovation projects, including planning, establishing project delivery systems, procuring architects and engineers, oversight of the bidding process, construction administration, and project closeout.

Gordon joins the Library from Canton Parks and Recreation where he has served as Director since 2013. He was responsible for the oversight of 800 acres and more than 60 park properties. He has also served as the Assistant Director of Public Safety and Service for the City of Canton and as Project Manager for the Mayor’s Administration.

Gordon completed his undergraduate work at Mount Union College and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Kent State University. He also has his FEMA Emergency Management Certification. Gordon has been recognized by many organizations in the community and his accolades include Stark County Movers and Shakers in the Non-Profit Community in 2013, Canton Professional Educators Association Layperson of the Year in 2009, the United Way DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award in 2012 and yStark! 20 Under 40 Award recipient in 2013.

He is active in the community by volunteering in various capacities through his church and other local organizations including the United Way of Stark County, and serves on the Mercy Medical Foundation Board. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Spotlight Stark County Leadership class.



One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 110,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.4 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 170,000 attendees and provides 260,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, and the Start Smart School Partnership.

For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.

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