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Bronxille Library Board Begins Search for Director

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville Library Board appointed two search committees at its Wednesday night meeting to find a replacement for former director Laura Eckley.

"I appointed a three-person committee to search for a new director for our library, which consists of Kathy MackIntosh, Sarah Underhill and Chris Zufelt," said Kathy Mullens, library board president. "There will be a second committee that will be searching for an interim director as well."

But library board Trustee Sean Abbott said that he wondered why neither of those tasks were placed under the purview of the existing personnel committee.

"It was explained to me by the seven other trustees, that this is the most efficient and constructive way to go," Abbott said. "I find it bizarre that the personnel committee, whose whole purpose is to handle situations of this nature has been taken out of play."

Abbott is one of four members of the personnel committee, and a board member since 2008, who was just recently asked to continue his participation by Mayor Mary Marvin through 2014.

"Finding a new director is an enormously complex and trying task for any institution," Abbott said. "I am the only library board member who has been through the process at this institution but was left out of the process this time."

Abbott was the lone board member who objected to the board's action of taking away an $18,000 raise that was presented to Eckley in October, and rescinded in November.

After losing her raise, Eckley filed an Article 78 proceeding, which was withdrawn a day before Eckley resigned her position. Eckley has moved on to become the director of the Larchmont Library.

Mullins said the board has not appointed anyone as an interim director, but took the opportunity to let the public know that the library is working well.

"Everything is running smoothly at the library and all of the programs are continuing," Mullens said. "Our residents have nothing to worry about."

But Abbott said it was Eckley's management that has allowed the library to continue to work well even in her absence.

"This 106 year old institution is now running day to day on the managerial acuity of its former director," Abbott said. "That said, Laura's staff remains in place and they are brilliant professionals."

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