Forensic audit not feasible for Seneca library, committee says

Examination not off the table

The Seneca Library Board has dissolved its committee studying the feasibility for a forensic audit and decided that as of right now, it is not a possibility.

Seneca residents began sending FOIA requests en masse to the library after the firing of former Director Margie Nolan, and these documents brought back many questions, leading the residents to request a forensic audit.

Despite the board opting not to perform a forensic audit, specifically, an audit is not off the table: Trustee Mary Grzywa explained a forensic audit is only done in cases of fraud to prepare a case for trial and it can cost between $250 and $500 per hour.

“What we’re thinking, and that is more needed and applicable to our situation, and we’ve talked to several different CPAs and firms to begin discussing ideas and how to move forward with an examination of our books to address community concerns,” Grzywa said.

Trustees will be moving forward with the creation of the new committee at its next meeting.

Trustee Heather Jenkins also submitted her resignation from the board citing health concerns.

“I know that I would be missing upcoming board meetings for medical reasons,” Jenkins said in a letter to the rest of the board. “With the search for a new director and the feasibility studies regarding a forensic audit, this is not a good time for the board to be short a trustee, so I am stepping down.”

Carolyn Kinsella and Faith Alley, two Seneca residents who have followed up with the Library Board after Nolan’s firing, both declared intent to fill the vacant seat.