Library report in

The San Joaquin County civil grand jury today issued a report saying it “found mismanagement, ineffective leadership, questionable use of public funds, low staff morale and general discontent within the Stockton-San Joaquin County Library System.” Of former Library Director Natalie Rencher – who was laid off earlier this year – the jury said:


The former Director of Library Services was unable to demonstrate the requisite management skills or expertise to manage this large library system. The Director’s management style was authoritarian which led the branch managers to believe that they were not appreciated and that their concerns and opinions were not heeded and did not count.


The jury said, “The Grand Jury is cognizant of concerns that some of the opposition to the previous director may have had a racial basis. Nevertheless, the Grand Jury is confident her failings were based on issues of competence and not racism.”


Deputy City Manager Laurie Montes said this morning that Rencher tried to do many good things at the library.


She said, “We understood that she was having some problems, and we were trying to guide her in her relationships with staff.”


However, Montes said, “I think Natalie was trying really hard. … I think Natalie was hired to take the library in a new direction, and unfortunately the economy didn’t allow her to do that.”


More to follow.

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