STOW – Douglas Dotterer, executive director of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, is retiring from his position effective March 31, 2020, after a 33-year career in public libraries.

Dotterer has served 15 years as director. 

In his early career, Dotterer spent 2 1/2 years at Westlake Porter Library and 10 years with Cuyahoga County Library working in Information Services. Dotterer became the director at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in March of 2003, after serving as Head of Reference Services for six years. Since then, he led the effort on two successful library operating issues in 2005 and 2010, presided over two comprehensive building interior renovation projects in 2007 and 2008, and successfully lobbied U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office to make the library a United States Passport Acceptance Facility. He oversaw the purchase of two library outreach vehicles, and wrote three large non- matching library grants, including a $106,661 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant for computers, printers, and equipment in 2010-11.

"It has been an honor and privilege to have served this wonderful organization for so many years," said Dotterer. "My passion has been to make a difference in people’s lives by offering cutting edge technology, a rich diversity of programming, and a wide variety of library department services. Together, the board of trustees, fiscal officer, staff, friends of the library, and library foundation members have partnered with me over the years to make our library a community success story, and one of the finest public libraries in Ohio. I’m grateful for the opportunity the board of trustees gave me 15 years ago to become its second-longest-serving director."

Dotterer said he is looking forward to turning the page to the next chapter of his life. In the coming years of his retirement, he plans to remain an active volunteer within the Stow community, as well as hike, bike, run, and travel the world with his wife, Julie. Dotterer is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

The Stow-Munroe Falls Library Board of Trustees will be conducting a search to identify the next executive director.