LAWRENCEVILLE — In late May, Nancy Stanbery-Kellam was offered a chance to resign to “maintain my dignity” before her ouster as director of the Gwinnett Public Library in June.
While Stanbery-Kellam has declined public comment since the vote terminating her employment without cause last month, her thoughts on the dismissal were revealed in an email to the library board, forwarded to Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, which the Daily Post obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
“Something is very wrong about what is happening here and how it is happening,” she wrote, referencing funding handled in a “secretive manner.”
In the email, Stanbery-Kellam described a 48-hour deadline, but asked for an extension and clarification on a separate severance mentioned in the proposal.
“Obviously, this more than saddens me after 20 years of service, 7 (sic) of which have been spent working with the board, shepherding this organization through these difficult economic times,” Stanbery-Kellam said. “It has not been perfect, but what organization can claim this, to include the county or schools during these unprecedented reductions in revenue. Our record and reputation in the state is better than most Georgia libraries, and our outlook, until this unexpected $1M reduction was in-line with the sustainable plan the board and staff have been working on for years, adjusting with each reduction.”