According to the Library of Virginia Public Library Trustee Handbook, the County Library Board hires the director.
One of the most important functions of the governing board of trustees is the hiring of a competent library director. It may, in fact, be the most important single act undertaken bythe board. Trustees should be aware of current practices in the profession, requirementsimposed by the Code of Virginia, as well as The Library Board requirements and regulations,the current needs and direction of the library, and competitive professional salaries and benefits.And the Fairfax County website reinforces for the Library Board of Trustees statutory role: "In Fairfax County, the Board of Supervisors created the Library Board of Trustees which is responsible for library functions, policy, and direction. As with the State Board, the local Board appoints a Director of Libraries to administer the Board's policies and objectives."
And here is what Board Chairman Bulova told the committee according to a transcription of the meeting:
I just want to say you know, this is important. .. I want to say thank you, all of you, for participating in the selection process.
The Board of Supervisors is very very, interested in this process, we're very interested in who will become the next director of library system ... So it's important that we are sort of joined at the hip during these months so that we're all on same page, so that we're all pulling together, and working together.
Let me just say because I think you guys are already aware of this. You are a Board of trustees of the library, the library board, which is an authority. And by law you could select someone yourself without the Board of Supervisors' blessing, but I know that you understand that that's not okay, that we need to be involved with you.
And so the Board is very, very interested in making sure that we have the opportunity to weigh in, that we have the opportunity to help with this process.Is this intimidation? tampering? Sort of sounds like it.