Librarian paid $110,000 to go away


Evanston officials have disclosed that the city’s former adult services librarian, Lesley Williams, was paid $110,000 in severance to resign her position after she’d twice been suspended by the library director.

The disclosure came in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Chicago Tribune.

Williams had been scheduled to earn just under $96,000 in salary from her library position this year.

Williams, the city’s only black librarian, resigned late last month after coming under fire from some library board members for criticizing the library’s performance on diversity issues.

Wednesday night the library board reviewed plans to hire an equity consultant. A decision on which consultant to hire is expected at the board’s Aug. 3 meeting. 


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