Public Protests Director's Dismissal

Public Protests Director’s Dismissal

Public support for Missaukee (Mich.) District Library Director Kathy Glass, who was fired by the library board March 15, continued almost a month later as residents presented to the county board of commissioners petitions containing 857 signatures requesting the five members who voted for Glass’s dismissal be removed from their posts.

Ed Montgomery, who had been appointed to fill a vacant position on the library board by the Lake City city council the day before, presented the petitions to the commissioners April 10. The petitions cited the board for violations of the Open Meetings Act of Michigan, abuse of library funds, disrespect of the director, and breach of public trust, the Cadillac News reported April 11.

After receiving the petitions, the commissioners agreed that their first step would be to ask the five board members for their intended response to the petitions. “We do not have legal authority to remove the board without legal action,” said commissioner Jack McGee.

Posted April 16, 2001.