Final Four in Sacramento

Four unnamed finalists have been chosen to contend for the Directorship of the Sacramento Public Library reports the Sacramento Bee.

The new director will replace Anne Marie Gold, who resigned amid controversy Dec. 1 after seven years on the job. During Gold's tenure, staff morale plunged and three people were charged with felonies in an alleged overbilling scheme that is still winding its way through Sacramento Superior Court. A grand jury investigation alleged mismanagement and suggested she be fired. The board ultimately paid $25,000 in return for Gold's resignation and a promise she not sue.

Interim library chief Phil Batchelor, a seasoned expert at turning around troubled agencies, was hired for $139,930 over seven months to stabilize the system and help find a permanent head.

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