Monday, March 26, 2012

Solano Grand Jury Targets Dixon Library

At the special meeting of the Dixon Public Library Board of Trustees Friday, the board announced that a Solano County Grand Jury contacted them to inform them of an inquiry into the library.
- By Carlos Villatoro, Editor -

The Dixon Public Library is currently the target of a Solano County Grand Jury inquiry said the Dixon Public Library board during a special meeting held within the chambers of the Dixon City Council Friday.

The board met in closed session with its legal counsel and afterwards made the Grand Jury inquiry annoucenment.

The board did not state any specifics of the inquiry, but said it was aware of it and is currently speaking to its legal counsel on how to best proceed. The board also announced that it is directing its legal counsel to draft a letter to the library commission requiring them to place District Librarian Gregg Atkins on administrative leave, with pay, until his contract expires on June. 1.

In addition, the board is asking the library commission to not amend Atkins’ contract that would grant him additional pay, bonuses or compensation.

On March 13, Dixon Patch reported that Atkins would not seek a renewal of his contract and that he had planned on retiring when his contract expires. The board is currently looking for a new librarian to step into Atkins’ position, and has begun the search by inviting qualified applicants to apply for the position.

The library board is also in the process of conducting an independent audit of the library's finances and a board member is entrusted to begin the search for an auditor to do that.

Dixon Patch will continue to follow these developments and will post an update on this story as soon as we can.

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