Trenton library board of trustees President Adrienne Hayling has resigned, according to a city announcement, amid rumors that she actually pushed out of the position due to the continued mismanagement of the city library system.
Under Ms. Hayling the trustees frittered away millions of endowment dollars and nearly ran the entire system into the ground, as library officials were nearly forced to shutter branch libraries throughout the city.
Only a state-supported plan of reduced hours and other cost-saving measures saved those libraries.
The city’s worsening finances, however, do not bode well for the system, which provides crucial reading and educational opportunities for Trenton’s residents and especially city youth.
As the final straw, the Hayling-led trustees stonewalled a community foundation that raised thousands for the libraries until the foundation’s leaders opted to dissolve rather than deal with the continued shenanigans.
As that saga continued many in the city believed that Mayor Douglas H. Palmer had begun pressuring his longtime friend and ally to step down.
The move has been billed as a tactic to deflect blame for the system’s mismanagement from the mayor and his appointees and onto the board president.