Magazine article American Libraries

Sacramento Board Weighs Scathing Report

Magazine article American Libraries

Sacramento Board Weighs Scathing Report

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The Sacramento Public Library governing board held a special meeting May 22 to begin formulating a response to a grand jury report that charges both the board and Director Anne Marie Gold with mismanagement and suggests that Gold be re- placed. Stemming largely from an ongoing investigation into overpayments made to a subcontracting firm co-owned by a library staffer and his wife (AL, May, p. 25-26), the grand jury investigation also looked at larger issues of how the board and the library administration handle supervision, communication, and accountability.

Issued May 14 and titled "The Business of Books," the 28-page report urges the board to "seriously consider removing" Gold for, among other things, "fiscal mismanagement, failure to adequately track and implement financial controls or other management initiatives, lax oversight of subordinates, [and] chronic, long-standing, unresolved morale problems." The grand jury also recommended replacing Human Resources Director Arevik Bagdassari for "lack of leadership in establish-; ing and implementing personnel policies" and for "repeated abuses of I travel and credit card policies. …

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