Friday, December 23, 2011

Library director purchased $22,900 in gift cards for employees

A recent attempt by Live Oak Public Libraries Director Christian Kruse to bring tidings of comfort and joy in time for the holidays may have violated restrictions regarding the use of public funds, according to state officials.

On Dec. 12, Kruse purchased $22,900 worth of Target gift cards for 166 employees. The cards were paid for with library funds, according to documents obtained through an open records request.

Valued at $50, $100 and $200, the cards were a means of recognizing part-time and full-time employees after about three years of stagnant salaries and increased health care costs, Kruse said.

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