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Geneva library’s decision to hire consultant draws trustee’s ire

GENEVA – The Geneva Library Board agreed to hire a temporary management consultant as a director’s adviser in a split vote in which a trustee blasted the current director Matt Teske and the other trustees for their action.

After an hourlong closed session during a special meeting Tuesday, the library board voted 5-1 with one absent to hire Marilyn Boria at $60 an hour for 15 hours a week.

Trustee Travis Ketterman was absent and Trustee Susan Shivers voted “no.”

“I am extremely disappointed in the board’s decision,” Shivers said. “I know it’s going to be painful for some people to hear this, but our director has been on the job six or seven years and either he can get it right by now or he cannot. And I am really not interested in continuing to pay a director’s salary and needing to hire a management consultant to evaluate the operations and efficiencies of the library when I’m already well aware of the operations and efficiencies of the library.”

Shivers’ comments drew criticism from trustee Bob Shiffler.

“I think that comment was totally inappropriate,” Shiffler said.

Boria will work as an independent contractor, trustee Pat Lord said, so the district does not have to pay her benefits or insurance.

Boria might start her duties as early as this week, officials said.

Boria served as interim library director in Sugar Grove in 2011. Boria had been director of the Elmhurst Public Library for 27 years before she retired.

Board president Esther Steel said she did not know how long they would need Boria’s services as

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