SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Sunnyvale City Manager Deanna J. Santana has announced that Cynthia Bojorquez will be the City’s new Library and Community Services (LCS) Director beginning January 19, 2016.
“Sunnyvale attracted a very strong pool of candidates for this position because of our combined library and recreation services as well as the projects underway to enhance and expand our library facilities,” said Santana. “Cynthia’s well-rounded experience, proven track record delivering services and strengths in grants, community partnerships and facilities made her an ideal fit for the role. I’m delighted that she’ll be joining our team at such an exciting time.”
Bojorquez, who is currently serving as Director of Library and Community Services for the City of Salinas, CA, has more than 25 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors. Her related recreation experience includes serving three years as the Director of Recreation and Community Services for the City of Campbell and seven years as a Deputy Director for the City of San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department. Bojorquez has also held positions as Assistant to the City Manager and Assistant Director for the City of San Jose, as well as Interim Executive Director of the non-profit agency MACSA. She’s also currently a participant in the Pacific Library Leadership Program, a 12-month leadership and management program for library directors from several surrounding counties.
“The synergies between library and recreation services give us incredible opportunities to serve the community in innovative ways that support lifelong learning,” says Bojorquez. “Sunnyvale is already well-regarded for its programs, particularly those that leverage science and technology such as 3D printers and Make-HER programs. I’m honored to have been selected and look forward working with the community and staff to keep us at the forefront of services here in the Silicon Valley.”
Interim LCS Director Anne Cain will remain in the role until January. “Anne has done an incredible job stepping in to support our staff and customers while we’ve searched for a permanent director,” said Santana. The City began a national search for a new director after previous LCS Director Lisa Rosenblum left in July to take the position as head of the Brooklyn Public Library in New York. Two panels interviewed final candidates; the panelists were community leaders representing the Library Board of Trustees, Arts Commission, and Parks and Recreation Commission; library and recreation professionals from other public agencies; and other Sunnyvale department directors. Bojorquez will oversee a department of 100 employees and an annual operating budget of $17.9 million.