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3/6/2013 6:00:00 AM
The librarian strikes back
'Gossip' derailed plans to improve service, pay
Text of Danielle Krol's letter
Chairman Watson & Members of the Board:

It is unfortunate that the Mohave County Board of Supervisors appears poised to terminate my employment today because of allegations about me. It is a sad commentary that the Board is listening to several employees and former disgruntled employee, Kathy McGehee, who was documented as placing a dead scorpion in my in-box at work. When confronted with the video Ms. McGehee laughed and admitted it. Since the Board never asked me about the incident or any other of the baseless allegations, I will tell you that security cameras were placed in the Technical Services and Administrative Building three years ago because a former staff person was stealing toilet paper, DVDs, etc. All you need to do is ask for the purchase orders for those cameras.

It is incredibly sad that the Mohave County Board of Supervisors does not support senior management and department heads when they are attacked by such unfounded allegations, rumors and gossip. The Board listens and acts (on) ... opinions based upon such rumors, hearsay and innuendos from staff rather than researching the facts. One of your campaign promises was transparency in government. Yet you have demonstrated a willingness to not be transparent, but rather to convene backroom star chamber like proceedings to solidify your opinions without ever really investigating the underlining basis for those opinions, or the impact of your decisions on your local employees or your citizenry.

Sincerely,

Danielle R. Krol



Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Former Mohave County Library Director Danielle Krol said she wanted to expand services for the public and bring better pay and more opportunities for library employees, but was fired by the Board of Supervisors before she had a chance to get the ball rolling.

Krol said she believes some employees felt threatened by her proposed changes, and that's what led to her dismissal Monday.

"I am a perfectionist," she said. "I do believe in good service. It was my job to do what I could with the dollars I had."

Interim County Administrator Mike Hendrix recommended the Board fire Krol because "she has alienated employees and hasn't fostered a positive environment."

The Board voted 4-1 to fire her. District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson voted against the motion, saying, "It sounds like a lot of, 'He said, she said.' "

Krol had plenty to say Monday in the form of a scathing letter protesting her firing.

"It is incredibly sad that the Mohave County Board of Supervisors does not support senior management and department heads when they are attacked by such unfounded allegation, rumors and gossip," Krol said.

"You have demonstrated a willingness to not be transparent, but rather to convene backroom star chamber like proceedings to solidify your opinions without ever really investigating the underlining basis for those opinions, or the impact of your decisions on your loyal employees or your citizenry."

Krol had been placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 21.

In December, former library employee Kathy McGehee said she left because she felt bullied by Krol. Krol told the Miner that McGehee wasn't fired.

"She was given a choice of two jobs. No one was fired. No one lost their jobs," she said.

The only person who was fired, Krol said, was fired for actions that happened before Krol was hired.

She said she reassigned seven employees after she contracted out the library's book cataloguing system, which saved money and allowed her to put more employees on the library floor to help patrons.

Krol said she also delayed filling vacant positions because she needed time to assess the needs of the community.

She also wanted to help staff grow.

"I wanted to create a structure for staff advancement," Krol said.

A lot of the branch managers do not have an advanced degree. Many of them have only high school degrees, she said.

"There's nothing wrong with that. A lot of these managers have 20 or more years of experience. I wanted to give them the chance to further their education, if they wanted to," Krol said.

"I wanted to raise the bar."

She also asked the county to consider hiring a consultant to rewrite the job descriptions for library employees because she felt that the existing ones didn't accurately describe the work staff was actually doing.

Nor were they being paid adequately, she said.

The county has had a hiring and wage freeze in place since 2007.

Hendrix said he could not confirm Krol's statement about wages without a study of 2007 salaries.

Krol said she wanted to expand the hours at the three main branches of the library in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Kingman to 8 p.m. every weeknight and open the libraries on Sundays.

Currently, the three main branches are open until 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and are closed on Sundays.

This is not the first time Krol has had problems with an employer.

She was the director of the Mid-Columbia Library District in Washington state for six years, but was dismissed by the library board for allegedly using the services of the district's attorney to modify her contract.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ Um. . . Hello . . .

Well, since that is the library site and my post was directed at those who think we shouldn't be taxed to help pay for libraries...if there were no libraries...that site wouldn't exist, would it? See my point?

Of course there is some auto repair info available (Autozone has quite a bit) but I can flip though a hard copy book a lot quicker than navigating page by page in an electronic version.


Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Um. . . Hello . . .

@ V Stokes:
"Oh...and try to find SOME reference books like auto repair manuals online...not gonna happen"

Unless of course, you bother going to the library website - click "Auto Repair Reference" on the right hand side.


Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Lets see....buy a $100+ electronic book and then pay for each download or subscription. Keep your reader charged so you don't go dark in the middle of a chapter.

Or buy every book you want to read at $15-20 when they first come out or wait til they go paperback or discount and pay around $7. Then sell them at a yard sale or donate them.

Or go to the library, find the book you want and take it home to read...for free!

I'll tell you my choice.

Oh...and try to find SOME reference books like auto repair manuals online...not gonna happen.


Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“…if county people want to look at porn on a computer they can do it from home and pay for internet like I do.”

Although I am pleased that you view porn at home and not at a public library, I disagree strongly with your assessment that we should do away with libraries. Many people still enjoy the presence of books and to suggest that everyone has a computer to Google information is blatantly incorrect.


Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Libraries once were great places, useful, at age 7 my mother took me twice a week, I read on average two books a week! But sad to say reading now is more electronic, one can either change with the times or the times leave you behind! I have no do in this fight on this womans competence or lack thereof, but if she was fired in another state and moved to Arizona to restart might be she needs to evaluate changing her life instead of changing the world to suit her life!

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Homey D Clown

Seriously folks why are we even talking about libraries, they are dead. Stop charging us taxpayers for them, if county people want to look at porn on a computer they can do it from home and pay for internet like I do. Need to look something up?? There is this thing called "Google" ... Don't get me started on that "Library IT" group, biggest waste of space I've ever seen.

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: lw and more lw's

@ trained observer

"What excuse does she have for being canned by the group she was hired by back east? If she was fired in WA for trying to modify her contract using the DA"

for your information WA is in the Pacific Northwestern part of the USA and not "back east"!!!


Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Another Thought

The fact that she was a hire under Ron Walker and the old Good Ole Boy regime says it all.

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: AreU KiddingME

wow just wow lies after lies from that woman.. i would be surprised if she ever works in another library again. I am glad the B.O.S took a stand against bullying in the workplace.. good for you

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Beth Romelsbacher

Remember this, "I recommend not appointing Hlavac to his old position because I don't believe he is a good fit for my team," Hendrix said.
Now he states about Krol, "She has alienated employees and hasn't fostered a positive environment".
Who is this man to talk about fostering a positive environment.
Step outside the box and you will find, no one is happy or positive in Kingman.
When was the last time we planted a tree?


Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Current Employee

Danielle's comments are not what we were told in our staff meeting at all. She said she was not filling vacant positions so she could create a whole new level of middle management - at the expense of floor workers who serve the public. She "gave" the opportunity of paying for a masters degree to people in the last 10 years of their career or they had to accept a formal demotion. They got to keep their pay, yea merit rules, but were still demoted. And by the way the new middle management level - all hired by her allegedly because no one local was qualified - would happen BEFORE any hope of salary adjustments. So who would you rather work for? Someone with local ties and 20 years of experience or some 24 year old MLS fresh out of school from some other state running a branch of 15-20 people with no experience? And needing longer branch hours? Come by one of the main branches from 6-8 pm, and listen to the crickets chirping, because the 4-5 person staff hours certainly aren't justified by the patrons on the floor during those 2 hours. None of which Ms. Krol cared about. Just like she didn't care about the existing staff or what our community really needed. All she wanted was to create Maricopa County Library Northwest and her own kingdom.

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Scott Farkus

I'm not sure about all of this, and I guess it really doesn't matter. What does matter is that Ms. Krol is correct in wanting some things changed. An extended hour of operation comes to mind.

I'm sure a consensus of what we should take from this fiasco is that some things SHOULD be changed. So let these changes be on the fast-track, up front for all to see. Then if someone doesn't like the direction the library is headed tough knocks.


Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Waiting Breathlessly

Nearly dislocated my shoulder grabbing my coffee so I could get to the news-breaking local library drama.

Oh, such stirring headline drama -- leaves one just pining for the next chapter in this riveting local saga.

Now, my empty plate cries, "Can I have some more, please sir?"


Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Well, as they say - "Keep diggin' that hole!"

A word of advice - just leave. Thank you.


Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: trained observer

The he said/she said aspect of this is there are a whole bunch of she said people that have complained about her. What excuse does she have for being canned by the group she was hired by back east? If she was fired in WA for trying to modify her contract using the DA it sounds like "backroom star chamber like proceedings to solidify your opinions" to me. Good riddance!

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Mielke

Danielle Krol is an outstanding library leader, for her to be fired because of a disgruntled former employee does not speak well of Mohave County administration. The new County Administrator needs to re evaluate his recommendation to fire Ms. Krol.



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