Corinne Hill No Longer Wants Dallas's Top Library Job. She's Taking Chattanooga's.

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Couple of days back I noted that Corinne Hill, the interim director of the Dallas Public Library system since July 2010, is slated to give a talk about "Re-imagining the Public Library in a Post-Recession Economy" when the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting comes to town next week. But she won't give the talk as interim head of the Dallas Public Library system. Instead she'll be doing it as the incoming director of the Chattanooga Public Library system. That's according to the Times Free Press there: "Corinne Hill, interim director for the Dallas Public Library, has accepted a position as executive director of The Public Library, library officials confirmed."

As you may recall, Hill was one of three contenders for Dallas's top job back when we thumbed through the stack of resumes in November. And word was Hill was well-liked by City Hall higher-ups. But at some point between then and now she either decided she wasn't going to get the job or didn't want the job. I've been trying to reach her all week; I was told today she's out till next week. Guess we know why. Updates forthcoming, if anyone calls back.

Update at 7:52 p.m.: Congratulations to the Friends of Unfair Park who've commented on this item. Your remarks have been duly noted by The Chattanoogan, which includes this in its story about Hill's hiring:
Her efforts won approval in the Dallas community; she was one of three finalists finally named after city officials hired a search firm that spent months trying to decide who should head the public library there permanently.

But the Texas search was exceedingly slow. Despite Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm's reported intention of choosing a library director by Thanksgiving, the city has yet to hire anybody.

No wonder then, several Dallas Observer readers commented today, that Ms. Hill is no longer willing to continue working at the Texas library.

"One of the risks you take when you procrastinate on filling a position is that good candidates will go elsewhere," one noted succinctly.
Update at 8:45 p.m.: Below is Suhm's memo to Mayor Mike Rawlings and the city council about Hill's departure, in which the city manager apologizes for the way they found out about it. SuhmMemoAboutCorinneHill
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Mike Ward
Mike Ward

Mike Ward 0 minutes ago Why Chattanooga? They were just named  #25 of the top 45 Cities to see in the world by the New York Times. They were also just named America's most livable city by Outside magazine, and three International companies (Volkswagen, Sanofi Adventis and Alstom) have just relocated there.They also have the fastest internet (1 Gig) infrastructure of any city it's size in the world and the downtain area (where the Library is located) is a thing of beauty. Also they're paying her more, her work load will be less, and she will feel wanted and cherished by a warm, generous community. Did I mention I live in Chattanooga?

Happy
Happy

When reading this latest POS from Dallas, I had a sudden feeling of pleasure that we moved north 8 years ago.  I honestly am beginning to think Dallas hasn't a clue how to fix itself from the worst kind of dysfunctional, like stupidity, corruption, cronyism, and inability to think its way out of a paper bag.  It's hopeless. 

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

Mary Suhm just doing her usual incompetent job.  "Interim" since July 2010?? Give me a break.  Was Suhm spending her time getting all those highly qualified and competent IT people hired in first (being sarcastic if you haven't read about the screwed up IT department)?

S Aten
S Aten

I have known Corrine since she was a branch manager.    This was about 10 years ago and she was already showing us an early e-book.   She knew cutting edge technology and how it could help the library staff serve customers more efficiently with the few people left.   Stafffing has been cut in half over the last 4 years.   Despite those cuts, useage of books and ebooks is up dramatically.   People of all ages still use the library when they are open and when they are closed, they can download material to their Kindle or Nook.   Mary Suhm made a serious blunder by not hiring Corrine.   I hope this is the year she retires.

Smith444
Smith444

Who cares about ebooks. That's probably 1% of your users. Now the other points you make - tres bien.

Lacpac2011
Lacpac2011

In reply to Chris Danger's " Instead of cow-towing to these "angry south dallas thugs",I don't think you are too far off.  Add to the phrase ........south dallas thugs who are bought off and controlled by the white elite ruling class.  I see it all the time with the city attorney, the city secretary, DART, and other government agencies who cow-tow to South Dallas leaders. what you don't realized is these thugs are doing the bidding and are controlled by the elite ruling class.   None of us are experts in all trades. The only requirement to elected office is 18 years, citizens,and no felony convictions. Yet we have the entire council voting against the expert's and professional staff's recommendations. One recent one is the Wal Mart.  Alot was made about the trees, but a more serious issues is the flood control with a creek behind the property,with risks to property and lives, and the traffic problems with public safety risk to lives, all of which  was brought to the attention of the council and ignored.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

This is lots of hub bub for a place where homeless people shit and poor people go to use the free Internet

Lacpac2011
Lacpac2011

In Reply to Gus.  I have long wondered how many people use the library downtown other than the homeless.  Under Hill's directives, the treatment of the homeless was criminal. I made notes of how policy was changed just to discourage use by the homeless to the detriment of the other patrons.  There were no standards of conduct for the private security who were lazy, had no social skills and sloppily dressed.  At least two of the library staff  stereotypesblacks and treats black patrons with disdain.   

Also Inside
Also Inside

@Lacpac2011: Have you taken your concerns about racial stereotyping or other treatment of patrons - homeless or not - to Ms. Hill or anybody else in the library's administration? I'm not trying to be snide, here: if you have suggestions on how to make the library a better place for everyone to use, they will be listened to and evaluated.  I don't see how Ms. Hill's "directives" were any different from the existing standards of conduct that were in place before. Now, however, they're actually enforced. If anybody violates them, they are asked to leave. I don't see how not permitting drinking, having sex, fighting, or the verbal and physical abuse of staff makes the library environment detrimental to anybody except those who wish break those rules. Having said that, though, I'm in total agreement with your assessment of the private security personnel. 

richard_schumacher
richard_schumacher

Drag it out a little longer, Mary, and the choice will make itself.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Very odd and unprofessional that Mary Suhm's memo doesn't extend the customary "thank you" to Ms. Hill for her years of service. 

richard_schumacher
richard_schumacher

Hey, Mary's got a lot on her mind, and bigger things to do than hiring a custodian for some dusty old books.

Customer
Customer

@Reader: Mary Suhm has not worked in the Dallas Public Library system since the early 1980's. Therefore, you must be hearing voices from the grave because just about everyone who worked with Mary Suhm & claims they can attest to her librarian skills is either dead or retired. Laurie Evans, the former Library Director, is the exception since she originally hired Mary Suhm at the library. Makes perfect sense that she is back at the City working as a temporary employee/double agent reporting everything back to Suhm.

Any employee in the library system who may not like Corinne are either incompetent and/or lazy. Corinne doesn't tolerate that nonsense and she doesn't seem to care if her Assistant City Manager, Forrest Turner, does not like it. To her credit, she does what is "right" and she will not compromise her ETHICS or jepordize the fine library system that City Manager Suhm worked so hard to destroy. Year after year Suhm axed the library system as hard as she could. Why??? There were plenty of other places to chop but she didn't. It is starting to sound like City Manager Suhm needs a mental health evaluation ASAP. Thought it wS petty women B.S. but it appears it could be more than requires men in white coats with a cute new jacket for Suhm to wear.

Finding it very interesting that Mary Suhm's memo to City Council did not offer any thank you or congratulatory message to Corinne. Sweet. Not. And since there's no mention of who will serve as the interim Director once Corinne leaves, watch for one of two things to happen.

A. The number 2 candidate for the Director's position from Detroit with ties to Paul Quinn College's library 100 years ago will be appointed Director this coming week on orders from "South Dallas." Research shows she is carrying a lot of baggage and it isn't filled with tact, communication and good management. Oh, wait. That describes Mary Suhm & what she's looking for.

B. Mary Suhm will appoint her other double agent - the new Assistant Director in Library - as the Interim Director. On the surface, it doesn't make sense except for the fact that the woman has NO experience other than serving (literally) as assistant to the City Manager. But she is a good rat who reported everything back to Suhm & Turner.

Just sayn...Watch what happens....

By the way, loving that Corinne is giving Suhm the middle finger salute with both hands on her way out the door. Corinne deserves some respect which is what she will get in her new position. And Suhm is getting what she deserves. Those hands behind people's backs or in their pockets when speaking to or looking at Suhm is the same salute.

Congratulations, Corinne, from customers who respect you and thank you for your efforts in the worst of times.

Customer
Customer

@Reader: Mary Suhm has not worked in the Dallas Public Library system since the early 1980's. Therefore, you must be hearing voices from the grave because just about everyone who worked with Mary Suhm & claims they can attest to her librarian skills is either dead or retired. Laurie Evans, the former Library Director, is the exception since she originally hired Mary Suhm at the library. Makes perfect sense that she is back at the City working as a temporary employee/double agent reporting everything back to Suhm.

Any employee in the library system who may not like Corinne are either incompetent and/or lazy. Corinne doesn't tolerate that nonsense and she doesn't seem to care if her Assistant City Manager, Forrest Turner, does not like it. To her credit, she does what is "right" and she will not compromise her ETHICS or jepordize the fine library system that City Manager Suhm worked so hard to destroy. Year after year Suhm axed the library system as hard as she could. Why??? There were plenty of other places to chop but she didn't. It is starting to sound like City Manager Suhm needs a mental health evaluation ASAP. Thought it wS petty women B.S. but it appears it could be more than requires men in white coats with a cute new jacket for Suhm to wear.

Finding it very interesting that Mary Suhm's memo to City Council did not offer any thank you or congratulatory message to Corinne. Sweet. Not. And since there's no mention of who will serve as the interim Director once Corinne leaves, watch for one of two things to happen.

A. The number 2 candidate for the Director's position from Detroit with ties to Paul Quinn College's library 100 years ago will be appointed Director this coming week on orders from "South Dallas." Research shows she is carrying a lot of baggage and it isn't filled with tact, communication and good management. Oh, wait. That describes Mary Suhm & what she's looking for.

B. Mary Suhm will appoint her other double agent - the new Assistant Director in Library - as the Interim Director. On the surface, it doesn't make sense except for the fact that the woman has NO experience other than serving (literally) as assistant to the City Manager. But she is a good rat who reported everything back to Suhm & Turner.

Just sayn...Watch what happens....

By the way, loving that Corinne is giving Suhm the middle finger salute with both hands on her way out the door. Corinne deserves some respect which is what she will get in her new position. And Suhm is getting what she deserves. Those hands behind people's backs or in their pockets when speaking to or looking at Suhm is the same salute.

Congratulations, Corinne, from customers who respect you and thank you for your efforts in the worst of times.

Customer
Customer

@Reader: Mary Suhm has not worked in the Dallas Public Library system since the early 1980's. Therefore, you must be hearing voices from the grave because just about everyone who worked with Mary Suhm & claims they can attest to her librarian skills is either dead or retired. Laurie Evans, the former Library Director, is the exception since she originally hired Mary Suhm at the library. Makes perfect sense that she is back at the City working as a temporary employee/double agent reporting everything back to Suhm.

Any employee in the library system who may not like Corinne are either incompetent and/or lazy. Corinne doesn't tolerate that nonsense and she doesn't seem to care if her Assistant City Manager, Forrest Turner, does not like it. To her credit, she does what is "right" and she will not compromise her ETHICS or jepordize the fine library system that City Manager Suhm worked so hard to destroy. Year after year Suhm axed the library system as hard as she could. Why??? There were plenty of other places to chop but she didn't. It is starting to sound like City Manager Suhm needs a mental health evaluation ASAP. Thought it wS petty women B.S. but it appears it could be more than requires men in white coats with a cute new jacket for Suhm to wear.

Finding it very interesting that Mary Suhm's memo to City Council did not offer any thank you or congratulatory message to Corinne. Sweet. Not. And since there's no mention of who will serve as the interim Director once Corinne leaves, watch for one of two things to happen.

A. The number 2 candidate for the Director's position from Detroit with ties to Paul Quinn College's library 100 years ago will be appointed Director this coming week on orders from "South Dallas." Research shows she is carrying a lot of baggage and it isn't filled with tact, communication and good management. Oh, wait. That describes Mary Suhm & what she's looking for.

B. Mary Suhm will appoint her other double agent - the new Assistant Director in Library - as the Interim Director. On the surface, it doesn't make sense except for the fact that the woman has NO experience other than serving (literally) as assistant to the City Manager. But she is a good rat who reported everything back to Suhm & Turner.

Just sayn...Watch what happens....

By the way, loving that Corinne is giving Suhm the middle finger salute with both hands on her way out the door. Corinne deserves some respect which is what she will get in her new position. And Suhm is getting what she deserves. Those hands behind people's backs or in their pockets when speaking to or looking at Suhm is the same salute.

Congratulations, Corinne, from customers who respect you and thank you for your efforts in the worst of times.

Customer
Customer

@Reader: Mary Suhm has not worked in the Dallas Public Library system since the early 1980's. Therefore, you must be hearing voices from the grave because just about everyone who worked with Mary Suhm & claims they can attest to her librarian skills is either dead or retired. Laurie Evans, the former Library Director, is the exception since she originally hired Mary Suhm at the library. Makes perfect sense that she is back at the City working as a temporary employee/double agent reporting everything back to Suhm.

Any employee in the library system who may not like Corinne are either incompetent and/or lazy. Corinne doesn't tolerate that nonsense and she doesn't seem to care if her Assistant City Manager, Forrest Turner, does not like it. To her credit, she does what is "right" and she will not compromise her ETHICS or jepordize the fine library system that City Manager Suhm worked so hard to destroy. Year after year Suhm axed the library system as hard as she could. Why??? There were plenty of other places to chop but she didn't. It is starting to sound like City Manager Suhm needs a mental health evaluation ASAP. Thought it wS petty women B.S. but it appears it could be more than requires men in white coats with a cute new jacket for Suhm to wear.

Finding it very interesting that Mary Suhm's memo to City Council did not offer any thank you or congratulatory message to Corinne. Sweet. Not. And since there's no mention of who will serve as the interim Director once Corinne leaves, watch for one of two things to happen.

A. The number 2 candidate for the Director's position from Detroit with ties to Paul Quinn College's library 100 years ago will be appointed Director this coming week on orders from "South Dallas." Research shows she is carrying a lot of baggage and it isn't filled with tact, communication and good management. Oh, wait. That describes Mary Suhm & what she's looking for.

B. Mary Suhm will appoint her other double agent - the new Assistant Director in Library - as the Interim Director. On the surface, it doesn't make sense except for the fact that the woman has NO experience other than serving (literally) as assistant to the City Manager. But she is a good rat who reported everything back to Suhm & Turner.

Just sayn...Watch what happens....

By the way, loving that Corinne is giving Suhm the middle finger salute with both hands on her way out the door. Corinne deserves some respect which is what she will get in her new position. And Suhm is getting what she deserves. Those hands behind people's backs or in their pockets when speaking to or looking at Suhm is the same salute.

Congratulations, Corinne, from customers who respect you and thank you for your efforts in the worst of times.

Customer
Customer

@Reader: Mary Suhm has not worked in the Dallas Public Library system since the early 1980's. Therefore, you must be hearing voices from the grave because just about everyone who worked with Mary Suhm & claims they can attest to her librarian skills is either dead or retired. Laurie Evans, the former Library Director, is the exception since she originally hired Mary Suhm at the library. Makes perfect sense that she is back at the City working as a temporary employee/double agent reporting everything back to Suhm.

Any employee in the library system who may not like Corinne are either incompetent and/or lazy. Corinne doesn't tolerate that nonsense and she doesn't seem to care if her Assistant City Manager, Forrest Turner, does not like it. To her credit, she does what is "right" and she will not compromise her ETHICS or jepordize the fine library system that City Manager Suhm worked so hard to destroy. Year after year Suhm axed the library system as hard as she could. Why??? There were plenty of other places to chop but she didn't. It is starting to sound like City Manager Suhm needs a mental health evaluation ASAP. Thought it wS petty women B.S. but it appears it could be more than requires men in white coats with a cute new jacket for Suhm to wear.

Finding it very interesting that Mary Suhm's memo to City Council did not offer any thank you or congratulatory message to Corinne. Sweet. Not. And since there's no mention of who will serve as the interim Director once Corinne leaves, watch for one of two things to happen.

A. The number 2 candidate for the Director's position from Detroit with ties to Paul Quinn College's library 100 years ago will be appointed Director this coming week on orders from "South Dallas." Research shows she is carrying a lot of baggage and it isn't filled with tact, communication and good management. Oh, wait. That describes Mary Suhm & what she's looking for.

B. Mary Suhm will appoint her other double agent - the new Assistant Director in Library - as the Interim Director. On the surface, it doesn't make sense except for the fact that the woman has NO experience other than serving (literally) as assistant to the City Manager. But she is a good rat who reported everything back to Suhm & Turner.

Just sayn...Watch what happens....

By the way, loving that Corinne is giving Suhm the middle finger salute with both hands on her way out the door. Corinne deserves some respect which is what she will get in her new position. And Suhm is getting what she deserves. Those hands behind people's backs or in their pockets when speaking to or looking at Suhm is the same salute.

Congratulations, Corinne, from customers who respect you and thank you for your efforts in the worst of times.

Customer
Customer

@Reader: Mary Suhm has not worked in the Dallas Public Library system since the early 1980's. Therefore, you must be hearing voices from the grave because just about everyone who worked with Mary Suhm & claims they can attest to her librarian skills is either dead or retired. Laurie Evans, the former Library Director, is the exception since she originally hired Mary Suhm at the library. Makes perfect sense that she is back at the City working as a temporary employee/double agent reporting everything back to Suhm.

Any employee in the library system who may not like Corinne are either incompetent and/or lazy. Corinne doesn't tolerate that nonsense and she doesn't seem to care if her Assistant City Manager, Forrest Turner, does not like it. To her credit, she does what is "right" and she will not compromise her ETHICS or jepordize the fine library system that City Manager Suhm worked so hard to destroy. Year after year Suhm axed the library system as hard as she could. Why??? There were plenty of other places to chop but she didn't. It is starting to sound like City Manager Suhm needs a mental health evaluation ASAP. Thought it wS petty women B.S. but it appears it could be more than requires men in white coats with a cute new jacket for Suhm to wear.

Finding it very interesting that Mary Suhm's memo to City Council did not offer any thank you or congratulatory message to Corinne. Sweet. Not. And since there's no mention of who will serve as the interim Director once Corinne leaves, watch for one of two things to happen.

A. The number 2 candidate for the Director's position from Detroit with ties to Paul Quinn College's library 100 years ago will be appointed Director this coming week on orders from "South Dallas." Research shows she is carrying a lot of baggage and it isn't filled with tact, communication and good management. Oh, wait. That describes Mary Suhm & what she's looking for.

B. Mary Suhm will appoint her other double agent - the new Assistant Director in Library - as the Interim Director. On the surface, it doesn't make sense except for the fact that the woman has NO experience other than serving (literally) as assistant to the City Manager. But she is a good rat who reported everything back to Suhm & Turner.

Just sayn...Watch what happens....

By the way, loving that Corinne is giving Suhm the middle finger salute with both hands on her way out the door. Corinne deserves some respect which is what she will get in her new position. And Suhm is getting what she deserves. Those hands behind people's backs or in their pockets when speaking to or looking at Suhm is the same salute.

Congratulations, Corinne, from customers who respect you and thank you for your efforts in the worst of times.

Customer
Customer

@Reader: Mary Suhm has not worked in the Dallas Public Library system since the early 1980's. Therefore, you must be hearing voices from the grave because just about everyone who worked with Mary Suhm & claims they can attest to her librarian skills is either dead or retired. Laurie Evans, the former Library Director, is the exception since she originally hired Mary Suhm at the library. Makes perfect sense that she is back at the City working as a temporary employee/double agent reporting everything back to Suhm.

Any employee in the library system who may not like Corinne are either incompetent and/or lazy. Corinne doesn't tolerate that nonsense and she doesn't seem to care if her Assistant City Manager, Forrest Turner, does not like it. To her credit, she does what is "right" and she will not compromise her ETHICS or jepordize the fine library system that City Manager Suhm worked so hard to destroy. Year after year Suhm axed the library system as hard as she could. Why??? There were plenty of other places to chop but she didn't. It is starting to sound like City Manager Suhm needs a mental health evaluation ASAP. Thought it wS petty women B.S. but it appears it could be more than requires men in white coats with a cute new jacket for Suhm to wear.

Finding it very interesting that Mary Suhm's memo to City Council did not offer any thank you or congratulatory message to Corinne. Sweet. Not. And since there's no mention of who will serve as the interim Director once Corinne leaves, watch for one of two things to happen.

A. The number 2 candidate for the Director's position from Detroit with ties to Paul Quinn College's library 100 years ago will be appointed Director this coming week on orders from "South Dallas." Research shows she is carrying a lot of baggage and it isn't filled with tact, communication and good management. Oh, wait. That describes Mary Suhm & what she's looking for.

B. Mary Suhm will appoint her other double agent - the new Assistant Director in Library - as the Interim Director. On the surface, it doesn't make sense except for the fact that the woman has NO experience other than serving (literally) as assistant to the City Manager. But she is a good rat who reported everything back to Suhm & Turner.

Just sayn...Watch what happens....

By the way, loving that Corinne is giving Suhm the middle finger salute with both hands on her way out the door. Corinne deserves some respect which is what she will get in her new position. And Suhm is getting what she deserves. Those hands behind people's backs or in their pockets when speaking to or looking at Suhm is the same salute.

Congratulations, Corinne, from customers who respect you and thank you for your efforts in the worst of times.

Johnc47
Johnc47

Corinne Hill will be sorely missed. She has been good for the Dallas Public Library system, has listened, and been flexible. Her ability to continue to improve DPL in the wake of severly declining resources is testimony to her love of the library, which could be witnessed each time i made contact with her. Dallas City Hall dropped the ball on this and let her down, as well as the 1.3 million people who rely on DPL as the heart of the community we know as Dallas.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

What do interim mean? Today it's Mary Suhm apologizing for Dallas not controlling the message vs. Tennessee having a free press. Tomorrow who knows! Maybe the ALA can adopt Suhm's inspiring words of apology as its permanent slogan for the midwinter meeting.  Great success!

Reeder Rhyder
Reeder Rhyder

Doug, I will tell you now what Mary Suhm will be apologizing for tomorrow. Flow control!

"Dear Mayor & Members of the City Council: Forgive me, pretty please, for reading in the Dallas Observer that I have to spend $30 million to generate that $18 million in new revenue that I promised. Between the lawsuits, giving Mary Nix a salary bonus for this wonderful creative idea and allowing her to hire temporary retirees at twice their original salary, promote her pale face pets and allowing them to hire their relatives, the expenses were understated. Mary's calculator - both the object and the person on her staff - don't work so she will need a bonus and an underpaid employee to do the work for her. And while I'm at it, I am going to fess up now that the Dallas Observer is working on their next piece and tell you that the materials recycling facility that we want to build in the southern sector just like the one I showed you in those pretty pictures during the presentation that Mary Nix's vendor/friend stole from a website is going to cost $90 million. And no one from the neighborhood will qualify for those jobs because now Assistant City Manager Forrest Turner has his own batch of incompetent staff that he needs to promote to the high-paying jobs and give the dirty, low paying jobs to the employees on BOTH of our hit lists. That's why I made him Assistant City Manager. He is my heir apparent, just in case you didn't notice or I didn't tell you because you don't represent the southern sector. Just like the lyrics in the song - "Opps I did it again." Love ya for loving me. Let's chat over dinner and drinks if you have any questions."

Jc211
Jc211

Yeah for us in Chattanooga--we NEED someone like Ms. Hill--and oh by the way she has not been in Chattanooga since Dec--so you might want to get your info .straight--we will welcome Ms. Hill with open arms....

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Mary Scum..er..Suhm is more than likely going to put some less-qualified "friend of d-wayne" in the position. Instead of cow-towing to these "angry south dallas thugs", why not actually grow a pair and start bringing in people with real skills and talents, not to mention actually learning what ethics are when it comes to running a city..

Outside Observer
Outside Observer

Look for Laurie to return to the scene of her crimes  . . . . just saying.

Anonymous Inside
Anonymous Inside

Laurie - Suhm's BFF - ia back/ has been back. Another one of those city retirees who ia allowed to double dip by returning to work as a temporary employee. Nice deal if you are a FOM.

I bet Queen Mary is fuming that she wasn't invited to speak at the librarian's convention this week. She hasn't been a librarian for 30 years so technology passed her by years ago. Queen Mary probably blames Corinne for taking the spotlight away from her at the conference being held a stones throw away from her palace.

Outside Observer
Outside Observer

I mean Really come back as the Director of Dallas Public - no Interim in front of the title.

RTGolden
RTGolden

She saw the writing on the wall.  Dallas intends, and probably intended all along, to appoint someone far less qualified, far less accomplished to the position, and let slip away the years of competence and dedication Corrine Hill gave to the system.Good for Corrine, hope the new library system in Chatanooga appreciates her for what she is, a superb director of libraries.  Best of Luck!

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I checked out Corrine Hill's bio/resume awhile back.  My thoughts at the time were that she was simply too qualified to be hired.  Highly competent people tend not to make the best sycophants.

If one is attempting to build an authoritarian-style organization, one of the best things to do is to get rid of all the highly competent people at the second level.  To the extent a lower level highly competent employee manages to rise up through the ranks to become a star in their own right (as Ms. Hill was, to a certain extent), one risks getting tossed out the door.

No one can be allowed to steal any of the sunshine away from Mary Suhm.

Anonymous Inside
Anonymous Inside

Right on, Wylie H. @ Bob: ST F U

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Bob's good people, and an old Friend of Unfair Park. Play nice, please? Many thanks in advance.

Bob
Bob

Thank you, Robert, though I don't think I need to be protected from the likes of "Anonymous Inside" (if that's even his real name).  His reply, immediately above, establishes his credibility:  STFU, indeed.

Sa
Sa

Yep.  One of the risks you take when you procrastinate on filling a position is that good candidates will go elsewhere.

Anonymous Inside
Anonymous Inside

Queen Mary procrastinated on purpose. She sure didn't procrastinated when filling the last 10 executive positions: Director of Purchasing, Asst Director of Purchasing, Human Resources Director, Asst Director of Human Resources, Assistant to the City Manager in the Mayor & Council Office, Asst Director in Communication & Information Systems, Asst Director of the Library, Asst Director of Financial Services, Assistant City Manager...

Only one of these positions was advertised and interviews conducted. Most filled AFTER Library Director position advertised and interviews conducted and while Corinne Hill waited and waited and waited......

Bob
Bob

So she has been out campaigning for a new job while still on the payroll for her old job? The taxpayers of Dallas are paying her to work for us, not to look for a different job somewhere else.  What a despicable and unethical thing to do! And yet, she is so nice and competent and professional, she could not have come up with this dastardly scheme herself.  Where have I heard of something like this going on somewhere else?  Oh, yeah, some moron from Austin is trying to do the same thing.  I hear he is in South Carolina this week.  Something tells me that the folks in South Carolina won't like him any better than the folks in Iowa, or New Hampshire.  But he's a little, you know, slow, so it may take him a while to realize that the curtain has come down on his travelling show, and the audience has left the building.

Mike Ward
Mike Ward

So you "quit" and look for a job while unemployed because that's the right thing to do?

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

90% of the people who go to a new job got it while working an old job.  As long as they are doing the work they are paid for, there is nothing unethical about job hunting.  After being left twisting in the wind for a year and a half as interim library director, she would have been foolish not to have gone job hunting. 

anon
anon

So you're saying you've never searched for a new job while gainfully employed?

Anonymous Inside
Anonymous Inside

Bob: You are a complete idiot to be criticizing Corinne Hill. If you were a regular reader of the great Dallas Observer, you would know how Dallas City Hall really works. Not the way Rawlings or Mary Suhm tell you how it works. The way every writer at the Observer tells you how it works. They are spot on. I know this for a fact. There are times I think they actually work undercover at City Hall as they write with such accuracy and detail (unlike that sorry daily bird cage liner that is supposed to double as a newspaper).

The facts are these with regard to the Dallas Library Director position:

1. When Ms. Hill was appointed as interim director 18 months ago, Queen Mary told her she would be interim for one year. How long did the newly appointed Director and Assistant Director of Purchasing and the new Assistant City Manager, the new Human Resources Director and the new Assistant Director of the Library serve in their positions as "interim?" The answer: 6 months or less. In the case of the Asst City Manager it was 3 months. Why was Ms. Hill treated differently from the aforementioned brainless brat pack? Because she is not a FOM (friend of Mary's). She may be the right shade but she never worked as Queen Mary's lady or lord in waiting (assistant to the city manager). Therefore, she was never was asked to join the FOM club. Why? See point 2.

2. Ms. Hill is well educated, articulate, successful and a better librarian than Queen Mary could ever hope to be. Remember--the highest level Queen Mary ever reached as a librarian was a manager position in the Central Library. Ms. Hill was far more successful than Queen Mary could have ever been had she not had the good fortune or well engineered plan to get across the street to city hall and marry an Assistant City Manager. Point 2 can be summed up in one simple word. Jealousy. Queen Mary is jealous of Ms. Hill so she didn't want to put her in a position that she would never have attained on her own like Ms. Hill did.

3. Queen Mary dragged out the selection process and made it very public for the sole purpose of making it political AND to torture Ms. Hill. Jealousy, remember? BY narrowing down the position to two women, one African American, she made it political. It gave her the ability to claim that the African American councilmembers - particularly Atkins & Carraway - wanted an AA Library Director do she had no choice in the matter.

Civics lesson 101 at Dallas City Hall: councilmembers, particularly Atkins and Carraway, do try and dictate hiring decisions despite what the city charter says. Two most recent cases in point: the new assistant to the City Manager in the Mayor & Council Office and the new Asst Director in Human Resources. Both totally unqualified and no experience or prepared for executive level position. But put there because of certain councilmembers. One is Carraway's former assistant.

What Ms. Hill saw was executive after executive quietly being slid into their positions without the job being posted. None of the positions listed above were ever posted with the exception of the Asst Director in Human Resources. And that was a farce because there was no way they could hire anyone with an ounce of human resources experience since the new Human Resources director was quietly slid into her position with a marketing degree. Before working in Human Resources, she had NEVER supervised a single employee in her previous positions at the City of Dallas. That's par for the course (Queen Mary's course) since the new Purchasing Director does not have a college degree. Once again, he quietly slid into his position which was not advertised.

That's your lesson for today, Bob. There's absolutely no comparison to the Governor. Every employee at City Hall who is sick of the Queen's bullshit human resources game who is not a card carrying and ass kissing member of the Friend of Mary's club has the right to take their talent and brains to another organization where no such dues are required. This FOM club is doing nothing more than dumbing down City Hall and leaving one hell of a mess made by a bunch of incompetent people.

Angela Hunt is a regular reader and posts here. Hopefully, she not only phone but hit Queen Mary over the phone for allowing this to happen to the library system in Dallas. An independent investigation into the hiring practices of the Queen is long overdue.

PhilanderingMoustache
PhilanderingMoustache

Who is the HR assistant director? Haven't seen a memo yet.

Anonymous Inside
Anonymous Inside

Did you see the memo announcing the new Director of HR? What about the memo announcing the new Director and Asst Director of Purchasing? And did you see the memo announcing the new Asst Director of the Library who was moved into Corinne's old Asst Director position? Answer to all questions including the memo you asked about is no! Writing such a memo would requiring detailing the educational background and qualifications of these appointees who don't qualify for their jobs at all.

reader
reader

Don't know from where you are "inside," but don't believe it is the library.  Most of us from inside DPL think Ms. Hill is a fool whose main focus is being cool.  Only problem is now we will probably just get a new fool with a different agenda.  Although I am not a fan of City Manager Suhm, most who worked with her at DPL say that she was an extremely competent librarian.  Ms. Hill, not so much.

Also Inside
Also Inside

@reader That's odd. I believe most of MY fellow DPL employees would disagree with you that Ms. Hill is a fool focusing on her image. She has done an incredible job after Ms. Evans bailed on the library at the first sign of trouble. As an example, Ms. Hill is taking the security issues at Central seriously and getting results. I don't know about you, but I like knowing somebody is willing to force City Hall to acknowledge that a skeleton staff in the library plus incompetent rent-a-cops equals a tragedy waiting to happen. 

PhilanderingMoustache
PhilanderingMoustache

Most of those who go to the libraries think that librarians are fools, so she would have fit right in.

Bob
Bob

I guess you missed the part about Ms. Hill being nice and competent and professional.  And I guess you missed the part about the reference to the moron from Austin who is looking for another job while being paid by the taxpayers.  And I guess satire is completely wasted on you.  I guess that's why you should remain anonymous.

engmofo
engmofo

Told ya'll before .............."Don't Mess With The BOB!"SUAS

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