Tuesday, September 9, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - In the wake of the arrest of former library board member Brett Taylor, the board Monday adopted a code of conduct for the trustees.
While the one-page document does not address arrests or interaction with children, it does tell trustees to "conduct oneself ethically and in accordance with the law."
It also gives ground rules about discussing closed sessions and interacting with library staff, which had been a complaint against Taylor.
"There was a code of conduct for library customers and for library employees. We thought it was important everyone knew what was expected," Board Chairman Lloyd Breck said during Monday's meeting at the Five Forks library branch.
Breck declined to speak specifically about Taylor's arrest in July. The former Cub Scout leader faces charges relating to abuse of 15 children, including a family member.
Denise Varenhorst, who became involved with the library system to return DVDs to branches' shelves, replaced Taylor.
Also Monday, the board agreed to a five-year contract for Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, who was hired last year after the controversial firing of JoAnn Pinder. The contract replaces the previous three-year term.
Breck said he felt the move "depoliticized" the job, allowing the director's reign to go beyond the tenure of all the current board members and giving Stanbery-Kellam the freedom to "do the right thing" even if it isn't popular.