Frederick County library director accused of getting political

Subtitle: Library director says county gave back $450, 000 state grant
Source: Gazette
Author: Sherry Greenfield
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Date Published: 05/09/2012

The debate over building a new library in Walkersville took a new turn this week when the president of the county commissioners accused the library director of political posturing. “It sounds like Darrell Batson is becoming very political,” Frederick County Commissioners’ President Blaine R. Young (R) said of the county’s public library director, Darrell Batson. At issue is Batson’s criticism of proposed cuts to funding for new libraries and his assessment that the current Board of County Commissioners dismissed a $450,000-grant from the state to help construct a new Walkersville branch. Batson, who was hired by the county in 1998, also said that the commissioners effectively “stopped libraries dead” by halting the construction of all new libraries in 2010. It was that decision that forced the county to return the state grant that would have paid for a portion of a new $6-million building in Walkersville