Ex-library director faces charges
By BOB GARDINIER, Staff writer
First published in print: Saturday, June 26, 2010
SCHODACK — Darlene Miller, the former Castleton Public Library director fired in September, faces misdemeanor charges for altering library computer records, town police said.
Miller was charged Friday with misdemeanor conspiracy; a charge of petit larceny is pending against her, said Schodack Police Detective James Morgan.
She was issued an appearance ticket and released to return for further proceedings on July 7, Morgan said.
The charges were not related to the reason Miller was fired, but stem from Miller allegedly accessing the Village of Castleton computer system sometime after she left the library and deleting information on outstanding late-return fines.
”It is a very small amount of money involved and might amount to $80,” Morgan said.
Morgan did not know the motive for Miller’s alleged actions.
Conspiracy charges are also pending against another former employee who worked in concert with Miller. Morgan refused to release that person’s name.
Miller’s abrupt firing last year caused a groundswell of support for her that led to the creation of the blogsite ”Save the Castleton Library” and to a lawsuit in state Supreme Count over the makeup of the board of directors.
Miller was fired from the $40,000 post by the library board, which refused comment, calling the matter a personnel issue. Miller’s supporters have said the move was made as a result of a long-standing disagreement between the board of trustees and Miller over library programs.
The issue also became a tug of war over equal representation on the board by residents of both the village and the town in which the village lies. Both financially support the branch.
Library directors have not returned calls for comment.
Miller was not immediately available for comment.
A lawsuit in state Supreme Court over the makeup of the board of directors filed in April was dropped this week in an agreement by both parties, said County Court Clerk Richard Reilly, leaving the current board intact.
The lawsuit filed by the library board of directors against the state Education Department was in reaction to the state moving to unilaterally appoint a new board.
The Education Department intervened in the local library operations after some village residents complained about the board firing Miller and said board members had not taken their oaths of office, making them ineligible to serve.