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Plant City library director retired following report critical of her leadership

Library Director Anne Haywood’s retirement on Friday followed an internal city investigation that concluded she had not always treated employees and patrons fairly, city records show.

Haywood retired from her $78,100 a year job after 23 years at the helm at Bruton Memorial Library. The city announced her retirement this week.

An anonymous letter to city officials in July prompted a probe of her leadership, according to city records. In a 16-page report, the city found validity in six allegations, including inappropriate yelling/tirades toward employees and patrons; forcing employees to resign; and occasionally requiring employees to work without pay during special events.

Haywood, 62, said she had not read the report but was familiar with the investigation. She said her comments to others had been misunderstood in some instances.

City Manager David Sollenberger said he wanted to emphasize the job that Haywood had done through the years. She oversaw a major expansion and improvements, and brought the library into the computer age during her tenure.

“We have one of the finest libraries in the state,” he said.

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