Slartibart, I think you may have met Stonecold! My immediate bosses have told me not to worry about it as she isn't likely to part with a red cent for any kind of materials. (She always tells people "Buy it and we will reimburse you" to which most people have replied "I am not buying so much as a stick of gum until I have the funds to purchase it.")
Gramma Dishes, we have tried to pry her out of here for five years. Despite firing of staff who were long time and favorite staff members with patrons, despite public outcry when she turned a neighborhood lilbrary into a teens only center (that no teens go to, but which had been popular with Seniors and children), despite a whole spate of really poor decisions in spending money (if I were to recount it all here, I think some people might even KNOW who I was talking about), despite always being absent when someone important was visiting, despite NEVER being in her office...the list goes on...despite ALL of this, the Library Board has decided to stick collective fingers in their collective ears and hum loudly.
Oh, they KNOW they screwed up. One of them has even said so out loud....but they keep praising her to the newspapers and, sadly, we have a good idea why. At one board meeting, a staff member who still believes Stoney hung the moon declared before one and all that we only picked on her because, yes, she was a different race and we couldn't stand to see a woman of color get ahead. (This was a big surprise to the black members of staff.)
We're pretty sure the board is afraid she will sue or tell secrets they have covered up in one way or another. But we cannot prove it.
And, Levee and Nayberry also have a good insight...there was a great deal of scuttlebutt about Stoney and someone else's spouse--who happened to be the son of the head of the Labor Board to whom we have to appeal. There's been what I was told was a messy divorce with Stoney and HER spouse as well.
There has even been a police investigation since significant items of worth went missing....but nothing came of it even though we KNOW (from an inside source) that there was evidence of foul play. But this chick is made of teflon.
I worry that these tales sound way embellished and hyperbolic. Although I have changed certain details, things happen exactly as described. A member of this board once sent me a PM and told me Stonecold's real name (and told me things would only get worse because Stonecold is loco), which gave me pause about posting here since I clearly hadn't covered up as well as I thought.
Oh, and Nyo...I'm actually waiting to find her so I can say (as a coworker suggested) "What's this about me running a puppy library? Are we going to be loaning animals out to people? How will that work?"
Yeah, I am counting down the days to retirement, but until I can pay down some huge debts or find someone gullible enough to buy my condo....I'm slightly stuck.
Didn't mean to get so off track there. Will keep you posted.
Could I get out of this on psychological disability? Because marionettes are right up there with clowns on my "I am scared spitless of these things" list.