Attorney Jack Connelly to be appointed to Tacoma Library board

The News Tribune

Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma has selected Jack Connelly to serve on the Tacoma Public Library Board of Trustees, replacing Bob Evans whose term expired.

Connelly is a prominent personal injury attorney who has won many high-profile cases over the years, including a landmark racial discrimination lawsuit brought by two dozen families against the Puyallup School District.

He also represented former deputy prosecutor Barbara Corey, who won more than $3 million from Pierce County for wrongful termination and defamation.

Under Tacoma’s charter, the mayor selects people to serve on the library board, and the City Council approves the selection.

Baarsma said he was looking for someone with a measure of independence.

“Jack is a prominent attorney, but he also has had an abiding interest in the library for some time,” he said.

Council members are scheduled to vote on a resolution this evening approving the appointment.