Epping children's librarian fired for 'chronic issue with attendance'
"I've called in more often than they would like," said Wilkins, who held the part-time position at the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library for 10 years and admitted that she has a "chronic issue with attendance."
Former library trustee Heather Clark asked selectmen at a meeting Tuesday night to take a vote of no confidence in the town's board of library trustees. She argued that trustees didn't follow state law when they voted to fire Wilkins last month.
Selectmen refused to get involved in the trustees' vote, saying they have no authority over that board's decisions.
"We as a board of selectmen don't know the reason behind what happened, nor should we because they are library trustees that run the library," said Selectman Tom Gauthier, board chairman.
The 48-year-old Wilkins wasn't sure exactly how many days she missed, but said it was less than a dozen in the last seven months.
Wilkins said she's been overwhelmed by the support she's received since the firing.
"I'm very appreciative of the support they have shown. I'm hoping the trustees will reconsider because I do love that job," said Wilkins, who is seeking a public hearing on her dismissal. Michael Vose, library trustee chairman, said his board planned to hold a nonpublic session Tuesday night, but he declined to say what the board planned to discuss.
If she is hired back, Wilkins said she hopes the trustees will be understanding of her situation and have a better system in place for substitutes to fill in when she's not there.
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