Rich Perlberg

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Brighton District Library Board of Trustees

I first moved to Livingston County in 1974 to work as a reporter for the Livingston County Press in Howell. With a couple of brief exceptions, I have lived and/or worked in the county since then.

In 1980, I became editor of the Brighton Argus, a position I held for five years. In 1985 I was named managing editor for the six Oakland County editions of the Observer & Eccentric newspapers. In 1989, I was named the general manager of what became HomeTown Newspapers, which then consisted of six weekly newspapers, five shoppers and a commercial printing operation. In 2000, under my direction, we combined the Brighton and Howell papers into the Livingston Daily, which was the first new daily newspaper in Michigan in more than 50 years. I retired in September 2013.

Since 1980 I have lived within the boundaries of the Brighton District Library (Brighton City, Genoa Township and now Brighton Township). My wife, Kathy, and I live on Woodland Lake in Brighton Township where we raised two sons: one now working in suburban Detroit and the other in Chicago.

Based on the example set by my parents and the expectations of my employers, I have been actively involved in community activities. Past positions include: chair of the Livingston County United Way board; chair (twice) of the United Way fund drive; chair of both the Brighton and Howell chamber of commerce boards; chair of the McPherson Community Hospital board; chair of the St. Joseph Mercy Health System board; president of the Michigan Press Association; founding member of the Women’s Resource Commission.

Currently I serve on the boards of Cleary University, Work Skills Corporation and the Economic Development Corporation of Livingston County. I will join the Brighton Rotary board this summer and currently serve as president of the Michigan Press Association Foundation.

In 2015, I had the privilege of chairing the committee that promoted the successful millage campaign for the Brighton District Library. While the library’s excellent reputation made the issue an “easy sell,” the experience opened my eyes even more to the great resource provided by the library.  I am honored to learn more and perhaps add to the library’s great story.

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