Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Detroit Public Library Commission Aims High

Shake-up in the works for Detroit Public Library. (Detroit News, 5/25/2011)

Excerpt:  The Detroit Public Library Commission is moving to oust a top executive who helped lead its troubled $2.3 million South Wing expansion.

Members voted Tuesday to enter into talks to buy out Deputy Director Juliet Machie's contract because an investigation found irregularities related to the expansion's contracts, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.

Machie's contract specifies she can't be fired unless she is paid a year's salary.

Machie, who makes $145,000 a year, helped lead the South Wing expansion project between 2007 and much of 2009. The project began as a $300,000 furniture update and morphed into a larger renovation, including new floors, study rooms, lighting and built-in wood-frame bookshelves

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