Food for Fines (copy)

Portage Public Library Director Emily Goad looks through the food the library received during its "Food for Fines" program in December. Goad was dismissed as director this week.

Emily Goad is out as the director of Portage Public Library after seven months on the job.

The nine-member library board of trustees voted unanimously Friday to dismiss Goad as an employee and appointed Adult Services Librarian Leslie Schultz as the interim director, Library Board President Karl Kindschi said.

Goad recently completed her six-month probationary period as an at-will employee. The board conducted a “standard review” of her performance before it reached the decision to seek new leadership, Kindschi said. He declined to comment on the reason for the decision.

“We wish Emily well in her new endeavor,” Kindschi wrote in a letter to library staff, which he then shared in an email with the Daily Register.

The library board begins its search for a new director immediately, Kindschi wrote in the letter.

The library’s next director will be its third in less than a year after Jessica Bergin left Portage to become the director at Baraboo Public Library in the summer.

“We see in (Goad) a lot of passion, sincerity and motivation, and she’ll land on her feet very well,” City Administrator Shawn Murphy said. “Her leadership style was not consistent with what the library board wanted to portray and demonstrate to the staff and the public at the library, (but) there was no wrongdoing.”

Goad’s starting annual salary was $63,045 and she’ll be paid through the end of the month, Murphy reported. All of the city’s department heads serve as at-will employees.

Goad, who declined to comment for this story, is a Middleton native who was the director of Kewaskum Public Library for about two years before she arrived in Portage. She also worked at libraries in Madison, Mount Horeb, Cross Plains and Middleton and holds a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and creative writing from Northland College in Ashland.

In late 2017, the library board hired Schultz to lead its adult programming. She served as interim director before the library board hired Goad.

Schultz is a Milwaukee native who previously worked as a reference librarian and in teen services at libraries in Kentucky and North Carolina. In addition to planning the library’s adult programming, she orders and processes materials for adults.

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