Retiree named to library board

Monica Butler, barely retired from the financial industry, has found a new interest as the newly appointed member of Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees.
Butler, a Gig Harbor resident, was nominated by County Executive Pat McCarthy and confirmed by the County Council to replace Allen Rose, whose term expired at the end of July. Butler’s appointment is for a five-year term.
She retired in 2014 from her post as the retirement director for Tacoma Employees’ Retirement System. She previously worked for 26 years with Russell Investments in various positions, and she has a long history as an investment consultant to boards and as a volunteer board member of several organizations. She has degrees from New York University and Cornell University.
The library board approves budgets and contracts, sets library policy and studies community needs. Board members are unpaid.
The library system serves a population of 560,000 plus with 19 branches and online programs that lend more than 6.9 million items each year.