Magazine article American Libraries

Mondowney Accepts Detroit Top Post amid Cash-Flow Kerfuffle

Magazine article American Libraries

Mondowney Accepts Detroit Top Post amid Cash-Flow Kerfuffle

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Detroit Library Commission President Georgia A. Hill announced August 17 that Jo Anne Mondowney has accepted the top post at Detroit Public Library, effective August 24. Her appointment as director comes amid controversy raised in June over the city's redirection of tax money intended for library and public school employees to the city payroll and other obligations.

The Detroit Free Press raised questions about the library's funding in a June 20 article that reported Library Commissioner Jonathan Kinloch as saying "library staff learned this week that the city spent $6.2 million in property tax money that was supposed to go to the library," dating back to July of last year, a charge Kinloch said was "horrible, and it's illegal." There was no comment from Mayor Dave Bing's office, and there has been no follow-up in the Free Press.

No stranger to city budget issues, Mondowney has been director of the Flint (Mich.) Public Library for the past seven years and was formerly with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where she served as a marketing manager and special assistant to the executive director. …

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