Saturday, November 01, 2008

Lincoln Library Head Fired Over Shoplifting Charge

Honest Abe is rolling in his grave! Here is a report of the shoplifting presidential library director from The Chicago Tribune:

The head of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library was fired Tuesday, just days after it came to light that he had twice been arrested for shoplifting.

Director Rick Beard was placed on administrative leave last week after The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported his arrests for stealing DVDs and neckties, but he continued to receive his salary.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich formally fired him on Tuesday. Beard was notified by telephone, said Dave Blanchette, spokesman for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. No one answered at the Springfield listing for Beard. He has pleaded not guilty to the most recent shoplifting charge.

Mr. Beard made almost 250K last year as a library director. He could have afforded what he was stealing (assuming he is guilty) so there must be something else going on here...

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