Special meeting set to consider interim library director in Geneva

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 6:56 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva library officials are expected to appoint an interim director at a special meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday at the Geneva Park District Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave., Geneva.

Board president Esther Steel said director Matt Teske’s approved leave has been extended another two weeks to Dec. 16, and the board must consider appointing an interim director. Teske has been on leave since mid-November and was scheduled to return Dec. 2, according to his extension’s voice mail message.

“We are not sure when Matt will be returning, and we will be discussing the option of an interim director,” Steel said.

Assistant Director Peggy Carlson has been standing in for Teske as she does when he is on vacation, but Steel said Carlson does not want to stand in for an extended period of time.

“She is doing a great job, but Peggy does not want to be the interim director,” Steel said. “You do not realize the full scope of the job, especially of a library of our size. We have 85 employees.”

Steel said retired library directors have been recommended to the board for consideration.

The meeting will begin with a closed session for personnel discussion with an open session where a possible interim director will be appointed, as well as public and library trustee comment.

Steel said the meeting is scheduled to be at the park district because the library’s meeting room is going to have its used book sale for the Christmas Walk, and there is no room for the board.

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