Great Neck library board terminates director Kathy Giotsas

Great Neck library board terminates director Kathy Giotsas

The Great Neck Library Board of Trustees voted to authorize the April 28 termination of Executive Library Director Kathy Giotsas on Monday night, in a meeting that lasted less than five minutes.

Previous directors in the last five years, both interim and not, include Jane Marino, who resigned after a $20.8 million bond referendum was defeated, Laura Weir, and Chris Johnson. Giotsas had been serving since August 3, 2015.

“Those directors did not leave under a cloud of any kind,” said Rebecca Gilliar, a 45-year Great Neck resident who has been civically involved for decades.

What is unusual about this case is that while others retired or resigned, Giotsis was terminated. The board did not cite any reason for termination.

Peter Fishbein, legal counsel for the library, said that the library could not comment on matters regarding staff or personnel.

The board also authorized a search committee to find a replacement library director.

The committee, to be headed by Assistant Treasurer Francine Krupski, will consist of board members, two staff members, the youth services coordinator, administration coordinator and business manager.

Tracy Geiser, who was appointed as assistant library director in May 2016, will serve as the interim director until a new permanent one can be found. She will be overseeing day-to-day operations of the library.

“We have been and continue to be impressed with Ms. Geiser’s abilities over this past year,” said Robert Schaufeld, president of the Great Neck Library Board of Trustees. “From her first day of hire to present, she has proven herself to be a leader and a great asset.”

Geiser previously headed Children’s Services at Half Hollow Hills Community Library in Dix Hills, headed teen services at the Brentwood Library and worked at the Hauppauge and Elwood public libraries.

Giotsas was not at Monday’s meeting, and her phone number is not publicly listed.

This story will be updated as more information comes in.

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  1. No one will stay it this job until people realize that this job should not consume ones life. I would like to see any job that expects you to answer countless texts and emails on sundays

  2. Sounds as if the Library Trustees threw Giotsas under the bus and let her take the hit for patron dissatisfaction with the library renovations. So many directors in so few years…good luck to the new director!!


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