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Paso recreation director retires

Annie Robb, Paso Robles’ director of library and recreation services, retired Friday after 25 years with the city.

Among the highlights of the 56-year-old’s career was establishing the city’s library on Spring Street, said her boss, City Manager Jim App.

That library was the recipient of a statewide award for its partnership of professional librarians with community volunteers.

Most recently, Robb helped establish San Luis Obispo County’s new First 5 Early Education Center, bringing preschool, family support and library services together at 36th and Oak streets.

She also helped the city obtain a $2.5 million state grant to build a new community park in the same area.

City Librarian Julie Dahlen is assuming Robb’s spot. The vacancy isn’t being filled by an outside applicant because the city is turning to the staff it has amid a budget shortfall, App said.

Dahlen’s promotion will come with an about $20,000 salary increase — going from $100,176 in the 2009-2010 fiscal year to $120,432. Robb’s salary was $144,120.

Dahlen, who has been with the city for 15 years, will lead a department of 12 full-time and 50 part-time and seasonal employees.

She will work with city committees and advisory bodies as well as oversee the library and recreation department and its numerous programs.

Dahlen will also be involved in planning, budgeting and staff development as well as negotiating contracts, grant writing and special projects.

After retirement, Robb plans to stay involved in the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts and continue to serve on the board of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County.

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