Danielle Krol's exit from the Mid-Columbia Libraries was welcomed by some of her current and former staff.
"She was a visionary and I give her credit for bringing the library out of the Dark Ages, but she was a textbook bully," said Ann Reeves, who worked for 21/2 years under Krol in staff training.
"She had the board convinced she had everything going well, but it was all about control. Staff was forbidden to speak to any board member," Reeves said.
E-mails written by library staff members shortly after Krol's firing reveal similar sentiments:
-- "No one is quite sure what finally got the board to wake up, but it was sudden and abrupt .... There have been so many burned by her abrasive attitudes it was bound to catch up to her sometime." -- Nancy Graff, Pasco branch manager.
-- "It is a much more stress-free environment here now." -- Anna Stroben, finance and business director.
-- "Things at work are great now! The board fired the executive director on May 17th! It has been so stress-free ever since. Very busy but so much better and everyone is so much happier. It's like night and day. I so enjoy coming to work again." -- Anna Stroben, finance and business director.
-- "They are taking down the cameras that Danielle had put up because her car was being 'vandalized.' So (we) are celebrating with a barbecue." -- Richard Pruiett, temporary supervisor at Keewaydin branch.
-- "She wasn't escorted. She left pretty gracefully, with some controlled sadness. It was a rough moment for everyone. She accomplished a lot in her tenure here." -- Elizabeth Gray, youth services and outreach director.