Library board to seek conflict training

Carrabelle Library

Carrabelle Library

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 02:47 PM.

After county commissioners openly questioned the treatment of the Carrabelle branch manager, the library advisory board last week proposed conflict resolution training for the entire county library staff.

The controversy surrounding the working relationship between County Librarian Glenda Ondracek and Carrabelle Branch Manager Tonia Creamer Chisholm was heightened after a year-long string of emails surfaced at the April 16 county commission meeting. The emails were made public the day after the meeting, and reveal an ongoing tension between the two library administrators.

During a report on the status of the new Eastpoint library building, Commissioner Noah Lockley asked library board member Anna Carmichael about working conditions at the libraries. After Carmichael said she did not work at the library, commissioners asked Library Board Chairman Denise Butler to come to the microphone.

“We’ve been privileged with some emails from your top person to an employee over an email that is not above board and not very nice,” Commissioner Cheryl Sanders said.

Sanders said the emails were “ongoing and very negative to the (Carrabelle) branch manager.” Sanders said she was approached in the Carrabelle IGA about “tensions and hostility” in the library.

“It’s got to stop,” said Commissioner William Massey.

Butler said she was unaware of any such emails. She said none of the library board members from Carrabelle had informed her there was a problem.

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