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Thursday, November 03, 2005

GOV, what does the FP library need? [FP]

At least some of the Friends of the Library clique disapprove of how the Forest Park Library has been run. They also intensely dislike Debbie King, the chair of the library board, and an appointee of Mayor Tony Calderone. Debbie King is the sister of Dave King, local real estate guy.

According the Forest Park Review (Seth Stern) Calderone is working to find "common ground".

I suspect this may be futile if it means Debbie King and the FOL need to reconcile. I haven't talked to Debbie King, but the FOL people seem to strongly disapprove of her and her leadership.

Calderone could sack Debbie King, but he doesn't want to alienate Dave King as a political supporter.

The question I have is, how strongly does Dave King feel about Debbie King staying chair of the library board? If Debbie King got an appointment that was as good or better, would this be the solution to the current conflict?

Yeah, there's a budget issue, but it's not the issue people are fighting about. It's merely a proxy for the inter-personal stuff.

2 Comments:

  • Here's one analysis I heard.

    It's no better for Calderone to can Debbie King because a few members of the FOL don't like her than it would be to keep her because she's Dave King's sister.

    This makes sense.

    But Debbie King has a track record. If Calderone approves of her decisions he should keep Debbie King. If he disapproves he should replace her.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:33 PM, November 04, 2005  

  • an anonymous poster wrote:

    I worked with Debbie King on the Library Board and I assure you she is a very capable person. She loves the Forest Park Library and devotes much of her time and effort into her job. Also, the Library Board does an excellent job. If members of FOL don't like her, they should be allowed to work through their differences. Just my humble opinion

    You need to pick a pseudonym on this blog. I delete anonymous posts.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 4:04 PM, November 05, 2005  

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