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Birmingham Library Board Back in Executive Session Addressing Complaint Against Employee

The Birmingham Public Library board of trustees met in executive session Tuesday evening to address a complaint against an employee governed by the board. No action was taken following the 45-minute executive session, which was called for by the board’s attorney, who said the grievance involved an alleged violation of Alabama ethics law.

Assistant Birmingham city attorney Veronica Merritt said the formal, written complaint discussed in private by the board accused an employee of violating a state law that prohibits public employees from receiving or soliciting anything for the purpose “of corruptly influencing official action.”

Tuesday night’s session is the latest in a series of closed door executive sessions for the library board since April. Earlier executive sessions were held after employee complaints about library Executive Director Floyd Council were made public. Read more.

Library Trustees Tell Executive Director He Has Their Support

Members of the Birmingham Public Library board of trustees told embattled Executive Director Floyd Council that he has their support during Tuesday evening’s board meeting.

Board members have met several times in the past few weeks to discuss Council’s performance after employee complaints about his leadership went public. Board members met in closed session for an hour Tuesday evening, the third time they’ve done so in the past month.

“Mr. Council has gone above and beyond during the last weeks and months,” trustee Kimberly Richardson said after the executive session. “He lost his mother recently and yet he’s been here through it all. He has our support.” Read more.

Birmingham Library Trustees Expected to Discuss Executive Director’s Performance in Executive Session Tuesday

Birmingham Public Library’s board of trustees is expected to go into executive session during its meeting Tuesday afternoon as members are set to discuss a six-month performance review of new library leader Floyd Council.

If the executive session is called as expected by board attorney Veronica Merritt, it will be the third executive session conducted to discuss issues surrounding Council since complaints about his leadership went public last month.

A survey of employees conducted the week of April 6 showed continuing low morale, concern about internal communications, concern about security and a lack of knowledge about the library’s complaint and grievance process. Highlights were discussed during a meeting last week. The library board’s Personnel Committee also devised a list of recommendations and action items to be taken to the full board Tuesday. Read more.

Read more of BirminghamWatch’s continuing coverage of the issues.

Survey Finds Low Morale at the Library; Board Expects Another Executive Session May 8 to Discuss Executive Director

All’s Not Quiet at Birmingham Public Library: Board Surveys Employees after Criticism of Director

Birmingham Library Board Discusses Personnel Issues in Closed Session

Library Personnel Committee Meets in Closed Session, Will Report to Library Board Next Month

Birmingham Council Fills Two Library Board Seats Amid Controversy

Survey Finds Low Morale at the Library; Board Expects Another Executive Session May 8 to Discuss Executive Director

May 2, 2018 – Members of a Birmingham Public Library committee told the system’s new executive director Wednesday that morale in the system is low and employees are concerned about internal communications and security.

The committee members advised embattled Executive Director Floyd Council to resume employee orientations and communicate more with all library employees, not just managers.

The advice came after an employee morale survey was conducted last month. Members of the Long-Range Planning Committee who met Wednesday discussed highlights of that survey with Council.

This is the third meeting of a library board group to discuss Council since complaints about his leadership went public.

The library’s board of trustees is meeting again Tuesday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the six-month performance review for Council, who was appointed in mid-November.

Board attorney Veronica Merritt said she expects to advise the trustees go into executive session to have that discussion because of employee privacy and legal considerations.

If they do, it will be the third executive session conducted to discuss issues surrounding Council.
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Birmingham Library Board Discusses Personnel Issues in Closed Session

The Birmingham Public Library board of trustees spent an hour Tuesday in an executive session called to discuss “complaints and possible litigation involving an employee under the supervision of the library board.” Afterward, the board announced a meeting of the Personnel Committee would be held Thursday morning. The executive session and committee meeting follow pointed public criticism of the library’s new executive director. Read more.

All’s Not Quiet at Birmingham Public Library: Board Surveys Employees after Criticism of Director

Update: Library Personnel Committee Meets in Closed Session, Will Report to Library Board Next Month

A survey asking the Birmingham Public Library’s 285 employees about staff morale was conducted last week amid growing concerns over employee dissatisfaction and public criticism of the library’s new executive director.

James Sullivan, president of the BPL board of trustees, said the staff survey was prompted in part by concern about unfavorable comments from BPL employees in response to an online article about the library’s new executive director, Floyd Council.

“We’ve seen the comments, and we are taking everyone’s concerns seriously. We are doing the survey to see what people are saying and to gauge morale. Whatever they say, we are going to address and take appropriate action,” said Sullivan, who has served on the board since 2016 and was reappointed in 2018.

Comments posted by people who identified themselves as BPL employees detailed concerns about Council’s treatment of employees, his management style and the loss of key personnel who resigned in recent months. Read more.