Does the Library Board operate with too much autonomy? Or does the independence free it prudently from political intrusion?
The board’s recent firing of Library Director Scott Hughes has raised questions about its self-appointing structure, per the City Charter. City Council President Tom McCarthy opposes it. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart examines the issue:
“I do not like or agree with the idea it’s a self-appointing board,” he said. “This is not a shot against anybody on that board. All the people in front of us were qualified. I just don’t think it’s appropriate.”
Tom Errichetti, the Library Board’s treasurer, said were the council to turn down an appointment, the board would likely agree to replace that person and it would “look bad” to do otherwise. But he said members can continue to serve until replaced.
Errichetti said giving the board the ability to appoint members makes it “apolitical,” which benefits taxpayers.
“We’re not beholden to any administration, in terms of how to manage a library,” he said.
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