YAKIMA — Local businessman Del Rankin has been appointed to the Yakima Valley Libraries Board of Trustees.

The Yakima County commissioners named him Tuesday to the position previously filled by James Barnhill, whose term expired in December.

Rankin, also the program director of The First Tee of Yakima, a youth development program that teaches life skills through golf, will serve a five-year term.

One other applicant sought the position, Robert Camarata, a member of the Friendship Tea group, library supporters that formerly met at the Terrace Heights Library until policies changed there.

Yakima Valley Libraries are comprised of a central library and 16 community libraries throughout the county. Five trustees, each serving five-year terms, govern library policies. Current members are Melba Fujiura, president; Pamela Perryman, vice president; Jerry Maggard, secretary; and Richard Ostrander, trustee.