Fremont County Library System Director Tracy Cook. File photo.

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Commission earlier today granted the the new Library System Director permission to go ahead and fill a couple part time positions at the Dubois branch.

Director Tracy Cook said currently the Dubois Library has use substitutes to cover 33 hours of work each week. She asked the commission to permit to hire two 18-hour-per-week “occasional” employees to fill the time the substitutes have been doing. She said this change of adding the two 18-hour library assistants would allow the library to do more than it can with substitutes filling in. It will also allow the substitutes to return to truly substitute status.

“It’s not just the need for those hours,” she said. “Those individuals are stepping up and doing more for the library system.”

Cook said the cost of the two part-timers from now to the end of June 2014 (the end of the current fiscal year) would be covered in part by the five months that there was not a Library Director.

Some concerns were raised about the possible need for health insurance for people working an average of more than 20 hours a week. The commissioners were assured the library managers would keep a close eye on the hours the new employees would work.

Commission Vice Chairman Travis Becker said he didn’t think it was a fiscally sound decision to add these positions in the middle of the fiscal year.

The commission approved Cook’s request 3-2. Becker and Chairman Doug Thompson were the dissenters.

Thompson said if Cook would like to continue the positions into next fiscal year she will have to prove to the commission that the positions have truly benefited library system. “If we’re paying more, we should be getting more,” he said. “That’s going to be an important part of your budget proposal.”