Carole Weimer to Replace the Late David Ritchie as Library Board President

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Carole Weimer will replace the late David Ritchie as president of the board of trustees of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

Weimer, who was the board’s vice president, was elected to the president’s seat following the July 9 death of long-time board president Ritchie. Thomas Frost has been chosen as the new vice president to replace Weimer.

Weimer and Frost will serve the remainder of the officer terms, which end in January. An election will then take place at board’s annual meeting.

Weimer, who joined the board in 2015 and was elected vice president in 2018.

“We will all miss Dr. Ritchie and the wonderful leadership that he provided to this organization,” she said. “So it is with a heavy heart that I step into this role.” 

Frost joined the board in 2011. Library director and CEO Aimee Fifarek said Ritchie left his mark.

“It is difficult to imagine the library or our community without Dr. Ritchie,” she said. “He guided our board for the last 20 years and has been a mentor to me and to many of our trustees during that time.” 

Ritchie was first appointed to the library board in 1997, and was elected board president in 2002, a position he held until his death.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.