Library board, county reach employee agreement |

Library board, county reach employee agreement

Josh Nichols

After more than a year, Moffat County Library officials and the Moffat County Commission have come to an agreement that would give library employees access to the county’s Human Resources Department.

The library board proposed an agreement more than a year ago, but the commissioners turned it down, saying the four-page draft was too difficult to understand.

Then in August, the commissioners presented a one-paragraph agreement that the library board unanimously rejected, saying the proposal was not specific enough.

Finally a draft was created that apparently the board and the commission could agree upon, but the library board lacked the state-required five board members to take a vote on the issue.

A fifth board member was appointed last week, and those five board members voted unanimously to approve the new

agreement Tuesday.

Both sides say they hope the new agreement will help avert problems such as the one that came to light at a September board of trustees meeting. Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton came before the board with a list of complaints from library employees.

Employees were apparently having problems with library director Donna Watkins and unidentified employees said they did not feel comfortable approaching the board.

Library board member Linda Booker said employees now have a resource to use in the case of employee/supervisor disputes, and said she thought it would aid in future conflicts.

“It’s something the board has felt needed to be done for several years,” she said. “This gives the employees a resource if they have a problem.”

Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson has assured the board in a public meeting that the agreement is not intended as a grievance procedure.

The Moffat County Library has 22 employees.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or

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