“It has an impact on our credibility,” Darnell said. “I want to make sure the processes we use are fair and in accordance with the law.”
Though most library board meetings are held at the Central Library in Atlanta, a key meeting, where the slate of candidates was narrowed, was held in Sandy Springs, Darnell said. That meant that some board members from South Fulton and Atlanta were unable to attend.
The result, she said, is that the interim director, Gayle Holloman, was taken out of the running.
Stephanie Moody, chairman of the library board, said that was untrue and that Holloman was among the final three candidates for the position.
Commission Vice Chairman Liz Hausmann said she felt comfortable with the process of the library board, which is made of volunteers.
Moody said there were several qualified candidates, but that Morley would help the county become a top-tier system. He has written a book on how to bring more people into the library system and had brought innovative programs to the Louisiana system, like a Monster Truck rally at the library to help crush illiteracy.
“We need a really visionary director,” she said. “I liked a lot of the candidates, but I just felt that Gabriel Morley was the brightest star among them.”