May 19, 2022

Tennessee: “Trips taken by Chattanooga Public Library director, top aides took them across U.S., globe Chattanooga Public Library Director, Top Aides Took them Across U.S., Globe”

Here’s a nearly 1400 word article by Joy Lukachick Smith from the Chattanooga Times Free Press looks at the domestic and international travel that Chattanooga Public Library Executive Director, Corinne Hill, and two members of her staff took during FY 13 and FY 14.

The report includes a chart and map.

From the Article

A look at their travels for the last two fiscal years shows that Hill and her two top staffers — Assistant Director Nate Hill and former systems administrator Meg Backus — went on at least 25 trips to places such as Seattle, Las Vegas, Miami, Singapore and Denmark for professional development conferences, running a tab of nearly $40,000 to taxpayers.

That’s more than double the amount of money the library budgets for travel for all employees — $8,828 per year, or $17,656 over two years.

Corinne Hill disputed the figures the city’s Finance Department gave to the Times Free Press, but ultimately produced a spreadsheet with bottom-line numbers that didn’t vary significantly and offered no documentation.

Read the Complete Article (1380 Words)

See Also: Chattanooga Library Board Responds to Audit’s Allegations (via Library Journal)

See Also: Meg Backus Resigns Position, Nate Hill Suspended at Chattanooga Public Library (September 5, 2014)

Includes embed of Library Board Report

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