It looks like Ryan Baker is bailing out. That didn't take very long. A year and a month by my count. A short stay, even by Sierra Madre standards. Ryan is apparently heading to the greener Silicon Valley library pastures of Los Gatos. You can only wonder why. This from The Mercury News (link):
Ryan achieved quite a bit of local fame here recently as the big concept guy for the Sierra Madre Library move to out in back of the YAC. Now he's moving himself as well? More news as it hits.
No word from City Hall yet. I've asked the City Manager for a comment.
The City Manager sends a comment
Ryan and his family were living in San Diego, where his wife was completing her PhD. He was commuting to Sierra Madre from San Diego during his time here. Shortly after she completed her PhD program she was offered a job as a professor in the bay area. Ryan applied and accepted the job in Los Gatos to be with his family.
He was easily the most creative Library Director I have ever worked with. His separation was not at all driven by performance. He was a fantastic employee.
Gabriel L. Engeland
City of Sierra Madre
They should have announced all of that at this week's City Council meeting. Especially in light of all the interest in the Library right now. They really do need a publicist at City Hall.