Politics & Government

Farewell reception scheduled for Pierce County Library director

A public reception for newly retired Pierce County Library Executive Director Neel Parikh will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 6) at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW., in Lakewood.

Parikh retired Nov. 1 after 20 years in the director’s position. She is credited with leading the library through seven annexation elections, one levy election and the opening of four new buildings in what is now an 18-branch library system. In 2013, Pierce County Library earned the National Medal for Museum and Library Service award.

The new library director is Georgia Lomax, who had worked as deputy director under Parikh since 2006.