County library system director and Clarion mayor moving on
By Christina L. Moss
CLARION NEWS Writer
New opportunities await the director of the Clarion County Library System and Clarion Borough Mayor Daniel Parker this summer as he will say farewell to Clarion County and begin a new chapter in Ringwood, N.J.
Parker will be the new executive director for the Ringwood Public Library in Ringwood Borough, Passaic County beginning in July.
"I'm looking forward to the new opportunity in a new place," said Parker. "It's a community very similar to Clarion. It's in the Ringwood State Forest of New Jersey. There are three lakes and a beautiful community; very welcoming."
Prior to coming to Clarion eight years ago as the executive director of the Clarion Free Library, Parker was a district consultant librarian with the Oil Creek Library District which encompasses Clarion, Venango and Jefferson counties.
Since then, Parker explains, "I'm very proud of the work we've done to make the library a more welcoming place in the community; to make it more of a community center. We're also very happy about the fact that we have built up our programs for children and young adults."
In December 2016, Parker was appointed by Clarion Borough Council to the position of mayor by a 4-3 vote.
"I really love being mayor," said Parker. "You get to really know what's going on in the community; you get to know the people living in the community and you get to be of service to the community."
Parker added that he is proud of officiating more than 100 weddings during his time as mayor.
"And, I'm very proud of the fact that we were able to bring William "Bill" Peck IV on as chief of police. It has been a good thing for the community."
As he has done in the Clarion community, Parker plans to continue to be an active part of the community in Ringwood.
"I don't know if I'll go into local politics right away, but I'll certainly try to be active in the community," said Parker. "I'm on a number of boards and commissions here in Clarion and I would certainly want to do a lot of volunteering when I get to Ringwood."
In his new role leading Ringwood Public Library into the future, Parker plans to help build services for teens, be the liaison for outreach to the community and set up fundraising opportunities.
While pursuing new opportunities is an exciting endeavor, when asked what he will miss the most about Clarion, Parker responded, "The people. I will definitely miss the people.
"I just love Clarion and the people here have been so kind to me. They are so good to the library that I'm really going to miss all the friends I've made here. It's really quite hard to say goodbye."