Jo Anne Mondowney, the executive director of the Detroit Public Library, has been reinstated to her position, according to The Detroit News. Her existing contract expired today, and the new deal will involve a month-to-month contract until a longer-term deal can be arranged. Mondowney’s lawyer, Hideaki Sano, told The Detroit News that Mondowney is interested in returning to the position.
In May, three members of the library’s seven-member board had placed Mondowney on paid administrative leave, arguing that she had mismanaged the system. The full board was supposed to vote on the move, but only three were present, raising questions about whether the committee had a quorum, or whether commission rules allowed only three present members to vote and decide on the action.
The other four members of the board made today’s vote, arguing that they felt “the suspension was without merit,” Russ Bellant, the board’s vice president, told The Detroit News. “We felt the stability of the library … was paramount.”
Jonathan Kinloch, the board’s president who backed the suspension, was not present during today’s vote, the story notes.