Geneva library director expected to resign, then become assistant director

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 11:49 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 12:06 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva Public Library Director Matt Teske is expected to resign this week, then be appointed as assistant director. Marilyn Boria, a recently appointed part-time director, would be named as interim director, officials said.

Teske's resignation will signal the beginning of a search for a new library director, board President Esther Steel said.

Teske did not return a voicemail message seeking comment.

According to the agenda of a special meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at 127 James St., Geneva, the board also will announce the retirement of its assistant director Peggy Carlson, effective on June 27.

Steel first had said the library would make an announcement about the library's leadership by noon Monday, then by 3 p.m. Steel said the agenda for the special meeting, which was received shortly after 5 p.m., would serve as the announcement.

Carlson's retirement will be effective June 27, but if appointed assistant director, Teske would serve with her, Steel said.

"Lots of libraries run with two assistant directors," Steel said. "It's not a bad thing."

Teske recently came under fire by board member Susan Shivers, who objected to having to hire Boria if the library already were paying a director. Shivers questioned the idea of appointing Teske as an assistant library director.

"We already have an assistant director," Shivers said. "We never needed two assistant directors before."

Teske's resignation letter is still being written, but it would be available to the board members on Wednesday, Steel said.

Asked whether Teske's director salary of $110,233 would be reduced if the board agrees to have him be an assistant director, Steel said that would have to be determined at the special meeting.

Last week, the board agreed to hire Boria, a retired library director, as a part-time consultant for 15 hours a week at $60 an hour. Steel said as an interim library director, she would continue at those hours unless she told the board more were needed.