Ex-Contra Costa manager takes Sacramento job

Former Contra Costa County manager Phil Batchelor givens new meaning to the word “retired.” He has been hired to run the trouble Sacramento library system, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Sacramento library board hires interim director

By Sam Stanton

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 | Page 2B

The Sacramento Public Library’s governing board formally hired an interim director Monday, a move that will cost $139,930 in salary for the next seven months, plus a few bridge tolls.

A contract for Phil Batchelor, an experienced hand at turning around troubled public entities, was approved without comment by the board to allow Batchelor to take over the library system from Director Anne Marie Gold.

Gold, who announced her retirement in September, was under scrutiny for her management style and an overbilling scandal that resulted in felony charges against two former library workers and the wife of one of them. She will officially leave the post on Dec. 1.

She praised Batchelor at Monday’s meeting, saying she had been briefing him on the library system. “It has just been absolutely great to have him on board,” Gold said.