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Krum library director reinstated

City employee must take class on preventing discrimination and harassment

KRUM — Donna Pierce is returning to work as director at the Krum Public Library on Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, the Krum City Council unanimously voted to remove Pierce from paid administrative leave, effective immediately. As part of the council's motion, it also decided to create a task force, made up of council members Rhonda Harrison and Mike Strand, to develop "a managed action plan" for Pierce to improve job performance aspects she needs to work on. The plan will be presented at the July 10 council meeting for the council's review.

Pierce was placed on paid administrative leave May 5. It was the result of a May 1 complaint filed by former employee Pat Thomas that accused Pierce, who is white, of using racial slurs, verbally abusing her in front of patrons, creating a hostile work environment and engaging with patrons "in inappropriate political discussions" that made some patrons feel uncomfortable. 

Thomas, who is black, was employed 14 months with the library through a nonprofit program that is federally funded and that paid her salary.

City officials say an internal investigation, which included interviews with other library staff members, could not substantiate or refute Thomas' allegations.

According to the motion made Tuesday by Mayor Pro Tem Justin Diviney, Andrea Dzioba, the city secretary and human resources director, will be responsible for identifying and scheduling for Pierce to take a training class on discrimination and harassment prevention.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.