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Ex-library director Teske resigns as library assistant director

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014 4:30 p.m. CDT

GENEVA  – The Geneva Library Board accepted the resignation of Assistant Library Director Matt Teske after more than 90 minutes in a closed session during a special meeting Thursday.

The decision to accept his resignation, effective immediately, was unanimous. 

Teske was director for six years, but resigned in January. At the same meeting where the board accepted his resignation, the board majority immediately rehired him as an assistant director. 

Teske had taken time off in November and December and had said at the time of his resignation that he had been dealing with depression and anxiety. In his resignation letter, Teske said serving as library director was not a good fit, but he would do better as an assistant director.

Teske also had served as assistant director before becoming director in 2008.

When board president Esther Steel asked for a motion to accept Teske’s resignation, her voice broke briefly from emotion. But after the meeting, board members would not comment about their sudden turnabout.

The district released a statement Friday about Teske’s resignation.

"The Geneva Public Library District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of assistant library director Matt Teske during a special meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2014," according to the statement. "Teske had been a library employee for eight years, serving as both director and assistant director during his tenure. The resignation was effective immediately."

Board member Susan Shivers had criticized Teske at a meeting in January when the board voted to hire interim director Marilyn Boria.

“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,” Shivers said then.

Shivers also had voted against hiring Boria, because the library still had an assistant director in Peggy Carlson, who could serve as director until her retirement in June.

In other action Monday, the board increased Carlson’s salary by $781.88, a 10 percent increase, for the time she served as director and assistant director while Teske was gone. 

The board approved additional hours for Boria in the absence of Teske. The board is currently in a search for a new director. 

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